Remember the song, Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, do this don’t do that, everywhere a sign?
After reading of the debate in one of our smaller communities here in southwest Louisiana about whether or not to ban smoking in an outdoor city park, which ALL tax payers pay for, it reminded me of the recent order to include graphic images on packs of cigarettes by the fed. In the hopes of what? Anyone that opts to smoke already knows the risk just as anyone that chooses to drink and drive. If four to six dollars a pack will not deter someone from smoking, some graphic pictures are supposed to do the trick? If a person chooses to smoke, it’s their choice and not one the government should impose more ridiculous laws on as long as it does not endanger those that do not smoke. This prompted me to stop and think about what else in our lives could use a sign or warning and WHY cigarettes are being targeted, I mean after all, there is not much more we build, create or make in the US anymore so let’s go ahead and kill(no pun intended)the tobacco industry and the jobs that it holds.
If we need to see graphics on cigarette packs, what about beer cans and wine bottles to deter drunk driving. We have missing children on milk cartons, or used to, how about starving kids in America on McDonald’s bags or Popeye’s chicken boxes. Ladies, your not going to like me for this one, how about pictures of tortured animals used in the testing and making of cosmetics? After some research, here’s some numbers to ponder. The average smoker related deaths per year in the US is around 443,000. For drinkers, over 25,ooo auto deaths a year. overall 100,000 deaths occur each year due to the effects of alcohol.
How can alcohol be blamed for 100,000 deaths each year? 5% of all deaths from diseases of the circulatory system are attributed to alcohol. 15% of all deaths from diseases of the respiratory system are attributed to alcohol. 30% of all deaths from accidents caused by fire and flames are attributed to alcohol. 30% of all accidental drownings are attributed to alcohol. 30% of all suicides are attributed to alcohol. 40% of all deaths due to accidental falls are attributed to alcohol. 45% of all deaths in automobile accidents are attributed to alcohol. 60% of all homicides are attributed to alcohol. Does this justify pictures of those lost due to drunk driving?
“The number of starving children is mind boggling to say the very least. Some 691,000 children went hungry in America sometime in 2007, while close to one in eight Americans struggled to feed themselves adequately even before this year’s sharp economic downturn, the Agriculture Department reported”. So do we paste their pictures on to go bags so that we might eat all our food and not waste it? Would that solve the problem’s in America for the hungry? Wouldn’t jobs and opportunities for these families to care for themselves be a wiser road to take than to hand them just enough government assistance to stay alive or advertize their hunger? I have to admit, I see more “save the abused and starving animal commercials” than I do our hungry children.
OK ladies, I promised to tick you off also and please don’t take this personally, there is a point to be made, eventually. Rouge, eyeliner, lipstick, you name it and somewhere animals paid the price for the feminine beauty through research and testing so you look and feel good, and men stare in awe of your beauty. “Every year, cosmetics companies kill millions of animals to test their products. These companies claim they test on animals to establish the safety of their products and ingredients for consumers. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require animal testing for cosmetics, and alternative testing methods are widely available and lead to more reliable results. Hundreds of companies – including Avon, The Body Shop and Mary Kay – already use humane non-animal testing methods to ensure the safety of their cosmetics.” If this bothers you as it should, find the companies that use alternative test methods and let your beauty shine through their products.
Do I still have your eye? Good. The point is this, do we really need signs on everything to tell us it’s dangerous or could be fatal? Do we need government to decide what we need to see on a product package? What in the world happened to personal responsibility? I would venture to say most that read this have already asked that same question more than once, yet big brother, be it federal, state or local feel the need to warn us that living is unhealthy. Granted, the mindset of America has been altered throughout the last five decades into believing we simply do not know what is best for us. I for one am tired of the signs, the warnings and the general idea I can’t keep myself alive by making my own choices. When will our government ever get out of our lives and leave us be? I’m not certain but I think I recall seeing a warning label on a coffin and that’s when we will be regulation and sign free. God bless