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I just saw the same thing at the duty free shop in Tel Aviv. Priceless!

Posted by thecandyqueen | July 15, 2007 9:34 PM

These large, direct warnings are common all over the European Economic Community. My favourite one is something like "SMOKING CAUSES IMPOTENCY, AND DAMAGES YOUR SPERM CELLS". But the most common (in Deutschland) is "RAUCHEN KANN TÖDLICH SEIN" (Smoking can kill you). Sounds much more authoritative that way.

Posted by Nosmo King | July 15, 2007 9:37 PM
Posted by laterite | July 15, 2007 9:43 PM

Hungarian Marlboro Lights? Why is it in English then? Did we invade them?

Posted by Sean | July 15, 2007 10:00 PM

Wait- what does ecce homo think about this?

Posted by demolator | July 15, 2007 10:03 PM

Pretty certain those are English ciggies - not sure what they would have been doing in Hungary.

Posted by Art | July 15, 2007 10:14 PM

they were purchased in budapest during benni hemm hemms recent european tour.

Posted by jz | July 15, 2007 10:49 PM

@5: Ecce homo is out on a smoke break, and I'm sure will venture his/her opinion shortly.

Posted by sketchy homo | July 15, 2007 11:53 PM

@5,8: And I'd bet that whatever the comment will be will have some racist aspect to it, possibly regarding the smoking habits of certain south Seattle residents.

Posted by Mike of Renton | July 16, 2007 12:18 AM

What are the smoking habits of certain south seattle residents?

Posted by ecce homo | July 16, 2007 12:30 AM

I where have I been "racist"? I oppose racism and homophobia everywhere I look. I do happen to notice quite a bit of it hiding just below the surface in some of the posts and comments on SLOG. Perhaps you bring the subject up out of some desire to provoke a race debate. So who really is the racist? You perhaps?

Posted by ecce homo | July 16, 2007 12:33 AM

British labels are blunt too, e.g. "Smoking will kill you."

Posted by Gabriel | July 16, 2007 1:39 AM

Australian labels have full-colour photos of smoking-related disgustingness such as gangrene, clogged arteries from a heart-attack victim, and tumours. They make me want to start smoking.

Posted by Donovan | July 16, 2007 2:49 AM

@9, you successfully trolled the troll. nicely done.


Posted by lostboy | July 16, 2007 4:19 AM

mike @ 9:

can you try & use the words "bigoted" &/or "predjudiced" instead of "rascist"? its more reflective of the reality of race relations in 'murka.

like this: "i've noticed that black people only smoke menthol cigarettes. let me amend that to SOME black people, i don't want to come off as a bigot."

Posted by maxsolomon | July 16, 2007 8:55 AM

The reason our packs say "may" cause cancer (rather then the blunt wording of other countries' packs) is because the American tobacco companies wrote the legislation.

If they say "may" then 1. they can't be held responsible for anyone dying of lung cancer, because smokers were informed that there might be risks 2. at the time the legislation was written, they could continue to pretend that the link between smoking and cancer was not proved.

The word "may" is there both to confuse smokers about the health effects of smoking, and to cover the tobacco companies' asses. It's a brilliant piece of PR.

Posted by Christine | July 16, 2007 3:37 PM
Posted by NickD | July 17, 2007 11:09 PM

Surely cigarettes "may" kill you because it's not guaranteed to kill you. You could die from being overweight first!

Posted by NickD | July 17, 2007 11:43 PM

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