Do Cigarette Warning Labels Work Essay

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Do Cigarette Warning Labels Work?
Cigarette warning label is a legal formality fulfilled by the cigarette manufacturers. The fact is that cigarette warning labels do not affect the smokers.

Warning labels were adapted in the late 1960s with a minor note saying "Smoking can be Hazardous to Health". It was only the 1970s that confirmed, smoking could kill. And, in 1985 other labels including warnings for Lung Cancer, Heart Diseases, Emphysema and that Smoking during pregnancy is Dangerous, were added.

Smoking is one habit that people are not ready to quit even when they are dying. This is because cigarette smoking leads to a rapid addiction for nicotine and is as addictive as alcohol and cocaine. Also, the placebo pleasures associated
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So, if his first experience is not good he may read the warning label on the cigarette box and decide to not smoke again. However, if smoking is adapted as an habit to just look cool or to join the bandwagon, then the smoker after reading the warning would want to quit but will not do so because of the peer pressure.

Coming to an average smoker; he is addicted to smoking but only for the pleasure he derives from it. He is a cautious smoker who tries to play safe. He knows that smoking is injurious and hence tries to balance out by not smoking excessively. This happens unconsciously. He thinks that smoking at this pace will not harm him very soon. He ignores the warning labels and continues smoking.

Finally, coming to a chain smoker; he is kind of a smoker who does not care about the side effects of smoking. And, even if he is facing some health issues he does not let it come against the pleasure he derives from smoking. Chain smokers smoke in a way that the moment one cigarette is over the other is lit or even before the previous cigarette is over. His attitude is, if I am anyway going to die, I'd rather die smoking; or as Kurt Cobain puts it, it is better to burn out than to fade away! They reach a stage of 'apparent helplessness' when it comes to smoking and they suppress their guilt by either showing pride in smoking or by expressing the inability to quit. A chain smoker treats the cigarette warning

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