State to force stores to post graphic signs vs. smoking

Massachusetts is poised to become the first state in the nation to force retailers to prominently display graphic warnings about the perils of smoking right where cigarettes are sold — at tobacco sales racks and next to cash registers.

Images of ominously darkened lungs, damaged brains, and diseased teeth could start appearing before the end of the year in more than 9,000 convenience stores, pharmacies, and gas stations, if a proposal by the state Department of Public Health is approved as expected. Other posters would direct smokers to where they can get help to stamp out their habit.

Retailers who refuse to display the signs within 2 feet of tobacco displays and cash registers could face fines of $100 to $300.

Full story can be found at the link below:

www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2010/05/13/state_to_force_stores_to_post_graphic_signs_vs_smoking/
What are thoughts on this? Can you imagine going into a store and having to look at this as your purchasing your deli salad?

7 comments ↓

#1 Rod Mitchell on 05.24.10 at 9:47 AM

Are there also going to be graphic signs for tooth decay from sodas, obesity and tooth decay from candy, the risk of eColi from the lettuce used in salads, etc., etc.
Isn’t it time politicians started cleaning up their own houses before telling the rest of us what to do with our own free wills? Maybe they should start to save our money from all the “pork barrel” spending!
Good gosh! They think we are so stupid and helpless!
Spend the MSA money on the projects for which it was originally intended!!
Sorry! But these politicians make my blood boil!

#2 Vapor Vixen on 06.04.10 at 9:37 PM

OH my what a ridiculous situation. I mean let’s fine retailers that spend lots of money to make their locations appealing and then go to checkout and have this staring at them. Oh MY!!!

#3 Rod Mitchell on 06.08.10 at 12:14 PM

Well said VV. I am also finding out that the FDA are starting to tell lies about flavoring ingredients being used in cigarettes to attract young smokers, this is so far from the truth! I am a Senior Tobacco Flavorist and know precisely what flavoring is about!

#4 LOU on 06.08.10 at 12:58 PM

Rod, Welcome aboard, spread the truth it needs to be heard!

#5 01outside on 06.11.10 at 1:10 PM

Is a deal that complies with FDA regulations and can please the tobacco community possible ? It appears that it is .

#6 NY Retailer on 08.03.10 at 2:50 AM

Hey Rod you see some of Michael Siegels articles. Good stuff! You see his cynicism regarding the anti’s and Winston?? Great article!

#7 John Milkin on 06.05.11 at 2:46 PM

Same laws are going to be voted by politicians in Europe and many peoples take the initiative of doing something as the creator of printmypack.com and the “slyp”.

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