The government (FDA) is mandating new warning material on cigarettes:
"The labels will feature either drawings or photos illustrating graphically the dangers associated with smoking and will be accompanied by text stating that smoking is addictive or that it kills. The pictures feature such things as a diseased lung, a corpse and a man smoking a cigarette through a tracheotomy tube."
I'm no fan of smoking. It shortened my dad's life and I never even dabbled in the habit. I was emphatic in teaching my son to stay away from smoking (he's a non-smoker, thank God).
Politically, smokers are on the "outs" as a group and we can pass pretty much any law, tax or fee we want on them.
Which has me wondering: why so much resistance to ultrasound and to risk warnings when it comes to otherwise legal abortion?
There was a campaign awhile back (maybe it is still going around - I don't know) of people driving around in trucks displaying pictures pictures of abortion's result. Most people - and people with different positions on the practice of abortion - were horrified and reacted negatively.
So why is it OK for the government to put somebody's diseased lung on an over the counter consumer item?