Complaining about the way the government treats cigarettes and tobacco, in the U.S.A. or Canada is so tiresome.

If the only criteria for banning drugs was how much damage they caused, tobacco and alcohol would be at the top of the line. And if harmlessness and medicinal value were the criteria for legalization, marijuana would be at the head of the line.

So those little messages, and maybe pictures, spoil the fun? Advertising works, despite the messages, because, well, advertising works. Children smoke because adults smoke. People smoke because it makes a lot of money for a lot of companies.

And we need to keep that health industry going because it, too, makes a lot of companies a lot of money.

Ain't capitalism great.