Things are out of control. Case in point, the new photo mandates on cigarette packaging: it is simply appalling to me.
Marketing is a profession that provides information about things people want to buy and things that people want to sell, in a compelling way.
We are not evil sorcerers or criminals (at least not most of us). So why does our government take over our profession in a way that feels… so UnAmerican?
Now truth be told, I am no fan of smoking. Grew up in a home of smokers and can’t stand it. Nondisclosure of product dangers is also a despicable thing. But to go to the lengths that are being gone to now, feels equally wrong. Warnings on-pack deterred, but still people preferred to smoke. Sky-high taxes deterred, but still people preferred to smoke. Control around advertising deterred, but still people preferred to smoke. Hey Washington, get the hint? (It’s like a child who will stop at nothing to get it their way.)
So where does it go from here? Are we not all grown-ups who have a free will? Does garlic in the grocery store now need a sign showing everyone running away from you because of bad breath? Should alcohol have hang tags that show how much of an idiot you were at the last party? I have to wonder, where does it end…?