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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cigarettes - $18.83 a Pack

And still No Skull & Cross Bones!
According to a cost-benefit analysis commissioned by the American Lung Association the average retail price of a pack of cigarettes is $5.08 in Oregon. But each pack actually costs the state $18.83 in medical costs, lost productivity and premature deaths, totaling $3,372,456,025.   
RICHMOND, Va. — a judge blocked a federal requirement that would have begun forcing U.S. tobacco companies to put large graphic images on their cigarette packages … to show the dangers of smoking, encouraging smokers to quit.

Some of the largest companies … questioned the constitutionality of the labels, saying the warnings don't simply convey facts to inform people's decision whether to smoke but instead force the cigarette makers to display government anti-smoking advocacy more prominently than their own branding. They also say that changing cigarette packaging will cost millions of dollars. …

Say nothing of the addictive ingredients cigarette makers use that force smoker’s continued use.
Over 4000 chemical compounds are created by burning a cigarette - 69 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer

…Cost millions to change packaging as appose to pack sales of 14.2 billion in fiscal year 2011

The number of smokers declined slightly in other countries since showing graphic photos on packages of cigarettes. See 21, 2011 Stop. Smoking. Skull & Cross Bones...  

In his ruling the judge wrote that the graphic images "were neither designed to protect the consumer … nor to increase awareness of smoking risks; rather, they were crafted to evoke a strong emotional response calculated to provoke the viewer to quit or never start smoking."

The judge [cited] alternatives for the federal government to curb tobacco use, such as increasing anti-smoking advertisements, raising tobacco taxes, reducing the size and changing content of the labels, and improving efforts to reduce youth access to tobacco products.

The Food and Drug Administration said the public interest in conveying the dangers of smoking outweighs the companies' free speech rights.

President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, called the judge’s ruling "wrong on the science and the law. The warnings unequivocally tell the truth – cigarette smoking is addictive, harms children, causes fatal lung disease, cancer, strokes and heart disease, and can kill you. Not even the tobacco industry disputes these facts." 
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