If she's 40, she was born in 1969.
In 1969, every cigarette pack coming off the assembly line had the following warning:
Caution: Cigarette Smoking May be Hazardous to Your HealthIf she started smoking at age 16 - 1985 - the warning on those cigarette packs had been modified to read:
SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Quitting Smoking Now Greatly Reduces Serious Risks to Your Health.Every pack. Sold anywhere in the United States. From 1985 on.
SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Smoking By Pregnant Women May Result in Fetal Injury, Premature Birth, And Low Birth Weight.
SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Smoking Causes Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema, And May Complicate Pregnancy.
SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Cigarette Smoke Contains Carbon Monoxide. (source)
With that fully understood, what is she really telling us here?
A smoking case of collusionEvery pack of Marlboro Lights that she purchased (over a period of years?) had the above warning(s) on it. Every one.
By Luanne Traud
My brand of choice was Marlboro Lights. They weren't as strong as regular Marlboros. I knew this because they didn't stink as much, they didn't burn my throat as badly and the taste was milder. Employing the logic of an addict, I could then reason they were healthier -- wait, that's not correct, I knew even then that there is no such thing as safe smoke. They were, I rationalized, less unhealthy. Maybe it would take longer for disease and death to find me.Phillip Morris encouraged me to think this way. [link]
But Phillip Morris encouraged her to think otherwise. Despite the clearly delineated warnings on every pack that Phillip Morris handed her, warnings that told her in no uncertain terms that what she was about to shove in her mouth was bad for her, the company encouraged her to think something else.
I get easily annoyed at people who want to blame others for their foolish rationalizations and risky behavior. She wanted to smoke. She knew the dangers. Phillip Morris made them as clear as the company possibly could to her. And she chose to light up anyway.
And it is somehow Phillip Morris's fault.
The tobacco companies understand it well. The problem is they run a business in which they kill a great number of their customers, though not before taking thousands of their dollars. They have a product with no beneficial use. In order to stay in business, they need always to solicit and hook new customers. They'll always outsmart us.Yeah, those devious cigarette companies.
Every pack she bought:
Gimme a break.