Motorcycle Helmets, Seat Belts, and Tobacco

I must be one of the few people who think I should allowed to decide what to do with my body.  The government seems to encroach on our daily lives at every turn.  Motorcycle helmets and seat belts are a great invention.  They save lives at every turn of the road, but should they be required by law?  In my opinion, no.  Don’t get me wrong, I always wear a seat belt.  I think you are crazy if you don’t use one.  However, I believe that as long as I am not causing harm to others I should be allowed to do whatever the heck I want to with my own body.

I am sure you are asking yourself, where is he heading with this?  Well, I’ll get to that in due time.  First, I want to ask some more questions of you.  Do you think that companies should be required by law to post pictures of obese peoples’ bellies on fast food wrappers?  Should the auto dealerships have to  post pictures of violent car accidents on the window sticker of new cars?  What about brain tumor pictures on cell phones?  Rotted teeth on candy?  Piles of feces on Exlax bottles? (yeah, I got carried away there)  The aforementioned are all possible side effects of using the product being sold.  These are all absurd scenarios.  Everyone knows using Exlax will make you take a massive dump.  We don’t need to put pictures on these products because we all know the potential results.

So, this was a long winded way of getting to my point: we don’t need pics of gruesome cancers on cigarette packages. (these pictures will now be required to be posted on the side of cigarette packs in the U.S., refer to the picture below)  The costs of manufacturing the pictures onto packaging is passed on to the consumer.  There is absolutely no reason why tobacco users should be singled out to cover these costs.  If one industry has to post these pictures, all industries should. (of course, none should).

Yes, you are correct, this is a cigar website I am posting this on.  Why, you ask?  You may feel that this new legislation does not affect you in any way.  After all, cigarettes are bad and cigars are good.  I am proposing that you are wrong.  It is only a matter of time before someone gets the bright idea to post these pictures on cigar boxes, or worse yet, celophanes.  We have seen that legislation and regulation on cigarettes trickles down to cigars eventually.  Just look at all the new taxes on cigars and harsh smoking bans that all but eliminate cigar bars/lounges.

“I don’t have time to fight this” you may be saying to yourself.  At one time, I believed that as well.  I have since found out that to have your voice heard by the government only takes 3 minutes of your time, and better yet, none of your money.  Do I have your attention now?  All you have to do is join the rest of us cigar smokers by filling out the petition against FDA regulation at the Cigar Rights of America website here.  If you are feeling feisty, you can print out some of the pre-written letters and shoot them out in tomorrow’s mail to your representative.  Feeling downright combative?  Take a minute to write your own letter to you congressperson.

Well, thanks for reading and let me know your feelings in the comment form below.


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