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I recently took a trip to Canada to see the Body Worlds exhibit (a MUST see by the way), and happened to notice that they have these really bold messages on their cigarette packs. I've never seen anything like them! They're really graphic warnings meant to discourage people from smoking, and get this - they're government-funded!

These warnings aren't just on one brand of cigarettes - they're on EVERY brand. The government is hoping to encourage smokers to quit smoking. Here are some of the warnings:

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purrtykitty purrtykitty 10 years
i saw body worlds in Denver and it was awesome! i agree, fitsugar, a must see for everyone!! as far as the labels go, i'm all for it. i've already watched one grandfather die from smoking and sadly my other will soon be a statistic.
kayleigh83 kayleigh83 10 years
I live in Canada so I see these all the time, and they are a good idea, but sadly some people see them as a joke and "collect" them. I'm sure they deter some people and that's great, but some people are just hopeless.
hotpinkgiraffe hotpinkgiraffe 10 years
I think that at this point a lot of smokers tune out the pictures on the cigarette packages. They've been here in Canada for a couple years and I'm not a smoker but I see the packages everywhere. I think its easy for people to eventually tune the images out when they look at them. I mean everyone stopped eating McDonalds for a while after watching "Supersize Me" but a few weeks later everyone's eating it again.
Stuffy Stuffy 10 years
I think they are silly. I live in Canada, I'm a smoker, and it's done nothing but cause me to go buy a cute, girly cigarette holder. I started smoking about 11 years ago, I knew what it can do to you, but I'm still addicted to it. I still can't quit. They are legal to sell, so they shouldn't have these warnings. I agree with the poster above who said they don't show pics of a man beating his child on a bottle of booze. They don't have pictures of drive-by shootings when you purchase a gun, they don't have an obese person in a hospital bed on McDonalds bags... So please, we know smoking is bad for you, we know other people hate it, we are forced outdoors in horrid weather, we know our clothes, hair, houses, and cars smell. Yet, we are physically addicted. We don't need it shoved in our faces.
tralalala tralalala 10 years
I was shocked when I went to Seattle and DIDN'T see the warning lables. A surgeon generals warning is one thing, but I think ours are a lot more effective. One thing (I'm not 100% sure if its still going on or not,or if its just our province, I think it's optional now but most people chose to follow it anyways) is it being illegal to have tabacco products in plain view. All the stores had to invest in curtains or cupboards to cover up the cigarettes, which I love. Since Canada doesn't really advertize cigarrettes in magazines and such, you don't see them anywhere really... and it's illegal to smoke in public establishments, which is fantastic :) I really don't know if that made sense....cold medicine. haha
Neural Neural 10 years
very cool
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 10 years
the messages are disturbing but i think too that ppl become desensitized
dalia-doll dalia-doll 10 years
Pinkgirl88, sunbathing will give you wrinkles and cancer, just like smoking. Yes, smoking does cause cancer, but many people get cancer without ever having a puff in their life. So, I say, let smokers do as they please without harassment. They already can't smoke indoors here in NZ. Enough is enough.
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 10 years
No offense to smokers but i literally don't get how anyone in todaay's day in age could smoke or start smoking--- knowing that it kills. now i can't sit her too high and mighty i loooove getting a great real tan--- but atleast i am getting some vitamine d and i will look better after wards
esk4 esk4 10 years
ok... so I'm all for people to quit smoking, and I've never smoked myself, but I don't think manufacturors should be required to put such a strong deterent on their product, american cigarettes DO carry a surgeon generals warning, but regardless of if we like it or not, it IS legal to sell tabaco cigarettes in the US. these companies are here to make money, and yes their product is detrimental to peoples health but so are alot of other things that don't have these warnings on them. There are already a lot of restrictions on these companies and how they can advertise, and smoking is already becoming socially unacceptable I don't think we need such graphic images pushed in our faces. Besides it wouldn't only be smokers who veiw these images it would be anyone in the store selling them or on the street, and while yes children should be made aware of the risks of smoking, I wouldn't want the picture of the heart or teeth shoved in my childs face...
JDLNeil JDLNeil 10 years
I wish there were similar warnings on certain foods. I'd be less likely to buy a cookie if there were a picture of a big fat thigh on it.
thehabra thehabra 10 years
thehabra thehabra 10 years
SillyGirl, you certanly live up to your name.Those examples are nothing like this.Cigarettes kill hundreds of thousands of people every year, and while alcohol addiction or crazy overeating of meat can also kill you, most people who eat meat and drink alcohol do it with care.A drink now and then isn't going to kill you, but smoke a few cigarettes and you're addicted, and once you are it's *really* difficult to stop.
kates kates 10 years
The Australian ones are probably more graphic/intense. I seriously can't watch the commericals - they are that graphically disturbing.
sls1825 sls1825 10 years
These really help get the message across. Too bad they just won't take cigarettes off the market entirely.
clepiau clepiau 10 years
I agree with Silly. There are lots of other products that are harmful as well, but we don't go around slapping "Don't buy this product" warnings on them. I don't think it's fair to the companies to say, "Yes, you're absolutely allowed to sell this dangerous product, but we the government will go out of our way to limit your sales." If governments truly believe that cigarettes are that dangerous, why don't they just ban them? If they're not willing to take them off the market, then they at least need to be showing these images to kids instead of to people whose addiction is stronger than some gross pictures. I had to watch a video in junior high that showed a huge amount of tar that had been removed from a smoker's lung and I never once picked up a cigarette because that image was burned into my brain and I did NOT want all that gunk in my lungs. But once a person is addicted (to cigarettes or anything else) they need more than some ickiness to break free. So I say pound this stuff into the kids and by the time they grow up maybe smoking will be non-existent. Maybe? A person can dream...
christinafry christinafry 10 years
I wish my bf had to stare these messages in the face everytime he picked up a pack of smokes!!!
amandaaa amandaaa 10 years
that's very interesting and very eye-catching. however, i question if it really would make a difference for those smoking.
poetess poetess 10 years
I would prefer these truthful ads over the ads that glamorize smoking found in magazines.
japokie japokie 10 years
I like this idea.
discocactus discocactus 10 years
That's just creepy and I have to wonder though if it's effective. Maybe it does with light "social" smokers but I doubt it with heavily addicted smokers who probably know it's bad for them. It's probably as helpful to getting them to quit as it would be putting these kinds of labels on alcohol for alcoholics. It would be interesting to see if these labels work more to prevent people to take up smoking vs. getting smokers to stop.
Keri1 Keri1 10 years
We have had them in Canada for years.
joyofadventure joyofadventure 10 years
i think we need this!
ccy ccy 10 years
I remember for a while people were buying decorative covers for their cigarette packages or would ask the store clerk for the one with the baby or limp cigarette on them so they wouldn't have to look at the rotting lung, heart, or teeth.
Athena1 Athena1 10 years
Canada has many government funded anti-smoking programs and there are advertising on billboards and TV to encourage people to quit smoking. Though, many people do become desensitized and jaded by them, but I like the fact it is there.
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