One of my favorite things to do on my tour of western europe was to observe the different warning labels on cigarettes. I couldn’t speak dutch, but I can speak German; I can’t speak French, but I do know Spanish, etc etc etc for each of the countries, so I got a pretty good feel for what they were trying to say.
In the US, cigarettes come with a warning label that says “smoking can lead to lung cancer” and “pregnant women should not smoke.” Here are my observations of the labels on various labels I found:
- Dutch: Smoking can be deadly
- German: Smoking kills
- French: Smoking will lead to a long and painful death
- Spanish: Smoking is dangerous
I think it’s a pretty good reflection of each culture’s views on morality governments.