I don't often read the warning text on my packs of baccy.
To be honest, I prefer the images – they add a bit of colour and are worth a chuckle.
I noticed a particular text based one recently and I don't remember seeing it before. Maybe it has been around for ages and I just haven't noticed it?
"Lifetime smokers lose an average of 14 years of life"
This bothers me.
Assuming a lifetime is around 78 years, then presumably they mean a smoker will only live to 64? Therefore a smoker's life expectancy is a mere 64 years, but then that implies he has to lose a further 14 years off that? Or to look at it in another way, if a smoker is expected to die at 64, then he can never reach a lifetime [of 78], which sort of negates the whole thing.
It's one of those little paradoxes that doesn't quite compute. It's a bit like crossing a room where you halve the distance you walk each time, and it turns out you can never reach the far wall. Or like my saying that everything I say is a lie [which means that statement is a lie].
The only way that statement can possibly work is for someone to smoke their entire life, reach 78 and then have to somehow travel back in time to die at 64. I haven't heard of anyone doing that so I think it's unlikely to happen.
This is only an idle bit of whimsical thought though.
I'm not worried.
You see, I'm not a lifetime smoker.
I didn't start until I was around 16.