This just in: Cigarettes deadly; cigarette warnings hilarious
An FDA proposal set to be put into effect in 2011 will apparently require tobacco companies to put large new warnings on their products. These warnings will take up a full 50 percent of the packaging on a pack of cigarettes, according to the proposal on the FDA website.
Now, I know that smoking and the negative health effects related to it are not a laughing matter.
Except in this case.
These warnings are so over the top as to be, well, hilarious. The Onion couldn’t have satirized this nearly as well as these illustrations satirize themselves — the would-be message of warning an apparently uneducated populace.
I mean, come on. Does anyone who smokes not know of the risks of smoking? And will these labels make a difference? I’m thinking no and no. But this was easily the funniest thing I’ve seen this week.
My favorite: The illustration of the guy having a heart attack and a stroke at the same time. I’m trying to imagine the photographer giving the actor direction for that photo: “Okay, pretend like you’re having a heart attack and a stroke — at the same time!”