Court Rules FDA Can't Shame Smokers With Gross Cigarette Labels

The government has already jacked up taxes on cigarettes and forced smokers into the cold, but yesterday it lost a battle in its ongoing effort to scare and annoy smokers into quitting rather than just banning cigarettes. The FDA's plan to cover half of every cigarette label with disgusting images of rotten teeth and… » 11/08/11 12:00pm 11/08/11 12:00pm

Lisa Simpson's Feminist Heroes Were All Smokers

Last night's episode of The Simpsons struck a particular chord with me because it was all about Lisa's newfound interest in smoking, which she undertakes in order to lose weight and handle the stress of ballet class. I quit smoking in April 2003 with the help of Zyban, but about a month ago, I picked it up again, due… » 3/31/08 7:00pm 3/31/08 7:00pm

How To Market Death To Women: Make It Sexy, Make It Pink

Take a look at the language used to sell a certain item to women. What is this light and luscious "must-have," you ask? Not a whisper-thin Philip Lim dress or a Weight Watchers angel food cake. The product is a pack of Camel cigarettes. This "must-have" is a known carcinogenic, but "they taste as good as they look,"… » 12/18/07 3:40pm 12/18/07 3:40pm

Lawmakers Get Pissy About Cigarette Ads In Women's Mags

A bunch of lawmakers are mad about cigarette advertisements in women's magazines. We'd tell you who, but it's the end of the day, and what we have to say is: Pall Mall, you suck. Your yellow cardboard ads annoy the shit out of us. Otherwise, as we sit here scratching our heads wondering how we caught bipolar disorder,… » 6/06/07 6:39pm 6/06/07 6:39pm