PUBLIC OPINION > Cigarette Packs Should Include Graphic Images
SodaHead Living 2012/03/02 23:35:01
For a while now, the courts have been discussing a mandate that would require cigarette companies to put graphic warning labels on cigarette packs, but a judge finally ousted the mandate claiming it was a violation of free speech. Addictive substances and free speech in the same issue? Sounds like the perfect topic for a public opinion poll. We asked, you answered.
The issue was predictably controversial, especially considering the way cigarettes have affected so many lives. It's not an easy topic to breach, and opinion got heated on both sides. Opponents of the mandate suggested the move would open doors for all kinds of government interference, from alcohol to automobiles. If it passed, anything the has the potential to harm could have been subject to similar mandates. However, proponents outnumbered them by about 10%, arguing that cigarettes are a unique situation. Automobile accidents take somewhere around 40,000 lives in the U.S. each year; smoking kills upwards of 400,000.
Smokers Say No
Obviously, smokers generally don't want to stare at cancer victims while they're indulging in the activity. That was kind of the point of the mandate. That means cigarette companies would have been forced to do something their customers absolutely do not want them to do, which could directly hurt their bottom line.
You'll Regret It When You're Older
Teens were actually behind the graphic labels, maybe because most of them haven't gotten into the habit, or perhaps some have even lost loved ones to the habit. But there's a huge 40-year span where voters were split on the decision. Support for the mandate didn't go back up until the mid-fifties, when the effects might be setting in.
Liberals Like the Idea
Any time the First Amendment gets brought up, it's fertile ground for political disagreement. This is especially controversial because the Amendment is actually being applied to corporations -- a separate topic that doesn't necessarily have partisan implications on its own, but consistently drives a wedge of ambiguity into any issue it touches.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our original poll about graphic images on cigarette packs. We'd love to hear from you!
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