Recently The Blaze reported on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration releasing nine new and grotesque warning labels for cigarette packs. The labels feature graphic images, including corpses, rotting teeth and gums, and a man with a tracheotomy smoking, along with the phrases “Smoking can kill you” and “Cigarettes cause cancer."
But while proponents of the anti-smoking campaign see this as a victory in the public health arena, others fear it is a major step towards an all-intrusive Nanny State. It makes one wonder if they will start displaying photos of a cirrhosised liver on liquor bottles, or a list of all diabetes-related ailments on a box of Twinkies.
And people in Australia who are currently faced with the same cigarette packaging and smoking restrictions -- and who aren't pleased with the "over the top" degree of state intervention -- seem to feel the same way. To combat the creeping effects of government intrusion, Australia's tobacco industry has launched a"No Nanny State" ad campaign, featuring a dour-faced Nanny instructing you to "do as you're told." She also doesn't seem to mind collecting her tax-dollars from each sinful pack of cigarettes: