One of the things that bother me about cigarettes is its packaging details. Honestly, do you think all the current smokers out there enjoy the guilt-trip every time they take a look at the pack? All the health-danger-warning “informal” pictures just instills annoyance and guilt in the smoker. It won’t stop them from smoking unless they genuinely want to quit.
A couple of lessons we learn growing up is the effects of cigarettes and how thousands of chemicals in the cigarette can affect you in life. Usually, after learning all about this, people often make a conscientious choice that either leads to complete avoidance of cigarettes or to try a cigarette. In this situation, the packaging images are effective, where it stops the soon-to-be smoker in their tracks doubting whether they should smoke or not.
In most other cases, though, it doesn’t help the smoker at all. Looking at the packaging images makes them fear, feel guilty, feel resentment, and emotions like that. This feeling snowballs into stress and anxiety, therefore triggering the need to smoke more cigarettes for some. I don’t think people participating in something legal such as cigarettes should suffer just because they do it.
If you’re having trouble relating to this post, simply imagine an area where cannabis was completely legal. Would you appreciate a packaging that was so full of images that cautioned the smoker that they would lose their memory and that cannabis would impair their education, etcetera, and it was enough to make you stress about it?
So, in conclusion, I am of the opinion that all images on a cigarette pack should be removed. I also think the tobacco companies should have their right to decorate the pack to their name-brand. I am also of the opinion that, when cannabis is legalized, it should not be sold in similar packs with images.