There is a shameful double standard that exists at the expense of smokers. We all know smoking is bad for our health and that modern-day cigarettes are the equivalent of cancer on a stick. Smokers know it too. But why do government officials allow graphic images of disease on cigarette packages without extending the same courtesy to the labels on cosmetics, alcohol and junk food, some of which cause more disease and deaths annually than tobacco.
First let me be clear that I’m not a smoker and not defending smoking. However, I find it very convenient that governments take such drastic measures to inform the public about the health risks associated with smoking and glance over more serious, although masked as casual threats to our health. Could the corporate profit machines that run the gears of politicians have anything to do with it?