According to radioiowa.com, new cigarette regulations took effect on June 22 in and effort to curtail tobacco usage by current smokers and to discourage new smokers from picking up the habit. You will no longer see terms like “light”, “low” and “mild” on cigarette packs and cartons.
As seen on medpagetoday.com, these terms were used to do nothing but mislead the consumer into thinking that these products are safer than others. As stated by Gina Franco at Spartanburg Regional’s Gibbs Cancer Center on www2.wspa.com, these products do actually have lower tar and nicotine, but are in no way safe.
However, studies show that people smoke more of them, and take longer puffs when they do, so the intake is basically the same. In addition to the label changes, the law also stiffens regulations on making potential buyers of cigarettes show identification to prove their age to help curtail teen smoking. A business is not allowed to sell cigarettes out of a vending machine anymore, unless it is in an adult-only establishment. The new cigarette regulations also prohibit free samples and limit advertising.
As an adult who is very familiar with the usage of tobacco, I must wonder if the new cigarette regulations that took effect on June 22 will have a major impact on the smoking population. As far as the established smoker, these new laws will do very little to curtail cigarette usage. Most adult smokers by this time are very aware of the dangers of tobacco use. From the warnings on the product to the informative ads on all forms of media, the perils of tobacco use are well-documented and well-distributed. Changing the label on the brand that someone has been smoking for years will go largely unnoticed. The only way the long-time smoker is going to quit is when they have had enough and they are ready; as we all know, it is a severe addiction.
In regard to the young teen or the non-smoker, I think the laws will make a huge impact on stopping them from ever picking up the habit. If the new cigarette regulations are enforced in the stores, it will be a huge success. Making people produce a valid I.D. will stop many teens from being able to get them in the first place. The law on vending machines will accomplish the same result. Limiting advertising will stop these experts from marketing to these age groups as well. They will never have a chance to be misled by words like “light” and “mild,” which is a very positive idea.
The new cigarette regulations are a wonderful idea, although it is a split on how effective the laws will be. Old habits die hard, and that certainly goes for the long time adult smoker. Hopefully, the effect the new laws will have on people ever picking up the habit will be a success.
O. Kay Henderson,New Tobacco Restrictions; No More Light or Mild Cigarettes,radioiowa.com
Diane Lee,New Tobacco Regulations Change Labels and Limit Ads,www2.wspa.com
Emily Walker,New Provisions Kick in on Anniversary of Tobacco Law,medpagetoday.com