Aside

Being an American is hazardous to your health

Just a quick aside today.  I only just noticed the hilarious “warning” message on the shopping page SnusCentral.com:

US Government Mandated Warnings for Americans:  Depending on the month, this product can cause mouth cancer, can cause gum disease and tooth loss, is not a safe alternative to cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco is addictive.  If you are not an American, the above does not apply to you.

Yes, elsewhere in the world you can console yourself with the research that shows no evidence of mouth cancer, gum disease, and tooth loss.  But in the US, you are not protected by that reality.  It is just one of those increased hazards, like being taken hostage when you travel, of holding a US passport.

(Those four warnings are, of course, quoted from the rotating warnings that smokeless tobacco products are required to display in the US.)

As for “not safe” and “addictive”, well, given that nothing is safe and that addictive has no real definition, I suppose those content-free statements are just as true no matter where you live.

2 responses to “Being an American is hazardous to your health

  1. Yes but Carl I order my snus directly from Sweden so the snus I get has no such issues. All mine say is “Deen Tobaksvara Kan Skada din Halsa och ar beroende famkallande”. I think that translates to something like “This may be harmful to your health.” I guess if you want to get the non-cancer teeth fall out safe alternative to smoking you just have to order directly from the snus motherland……….depending on what month it is.

  2. Pingback: US government to require tobacco companies to correct “lies”, and to lie | Anti-THR Lie of the Day

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