Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Smoking warnings


This was not the blog posting I had planned for today but I was looking for something to adapt for my posting on Liverpool’s success last night and came across these smoking warning substitutes. They come as packets of stickers and you replace the Government health warning on your cigarette packet with one of them.

The stickers come in two sets and include
- you could get hit by a bus tomorrow
- social smoking doesn't count
- you will get fat if you stop smoking
- it's ok if you're drunk
- please don't tell my mum
- smoking supports the NHS
- at least I don't smoke crack
- you've got to die of something
- it's ok, I'm not pregnant
- non-smokers may causes irritation
- nobody likes a quitter
- my gran smokes 40 a day and she's 93

Nana, who coincidentally did live to 93, smoked untipped Woodbines all her life - though not 40 a day (moderation in all things was her motto). But, in fairness to the government health warnings, it was her heart that gave out in the end.

Needless to say they have caused a furore with anti-smoking groups. I think they are hilarious ! I am not out to denigrate the work of anti-smoking groups or encourage anyone to smoke but if you are going to kill yourself it is better to do so with a sense of humour than miserably from an overdose of anti-depressants!


  1. I'm actually employed as an NHS stop smoking specialist, but the subversive side of my nature loves these alternative labels! I see some very ill people in my job, and the power of nicotine addiction is not to be underestimated. However black humour has always been my favourite style. (My boss would be frowning.)

  2. Hi Magdalene,
    I was thinking of you when I posted this and was hoping it wouldn't offend! Good to hear from you and to know that you, like me, have a slightly subversive sense of humour!


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