Now if this:
aren't grotesque enough, could this possibly have more impact?:
The FDA claims to have done its research and come up with these "scientifically" proven methods of discouraging use. But the problem I see with kids and teens smoking is that many of them never see the pack. According to Marketplace, a public radio sponsored website, a pack of cigarettes in New York now costs over $10. That's around the hourly rate for suburban teenage babysitters. So you can imagine that it is unlikely that most smoking kids actually buy a pack. What they do is share and sometimes buy one cigarette at a time from a friend or supplier.
So what could the FDA have imagined as a more likely way to reach smoking youth? They could require manufacturers to actually write on each cigarette paper itself. "Do you really need this cigarette?" "Could you think of another way to spend a dollar?" Or how about a sort of measuring tape printed (in organic harmless ink, of course) that might say: "Stop now and kill this butt."
I'm open to suggestions but the point is that each and every stick needs to be a warning or reminder or encouragement to stop. Data shows that over 85% of teens who smoke wish they could quit. With all of the research, I wonder how many FDA scientists were hanging around the designated spot at the local high school where kids smoke with impunity and adults seem to turn a blind eye.
Maybe we should ask the kids how to help them quit. If you know a smoker, try asking him or her. I am not sure the FDA did that.