U.S. tobacco companies–through political donations, lobbying efforts, and networks–are able to exert some control over the degree to which, and how, the U.S. government controls its industry.  One area of resistance involves warning labels.  The tobacco company has been resisting the very idea that cigarettes cause cancer, and the advertising of this fact, for decades.

This photo of cigarettes on sale at a duty free shop in Düsseldorf, Germany, sent in by Steve W., gives us some perspective on just how successful they’ve been:


Here, for comparison, is a photo of cartons of Marlboro’s on sale in Texas:


In case you can’t read it, the large text above the “Marlboro” logo reads: “Flip Top Box.”


Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.