Judge: NY Smokers Can Just Blithely Ignore Imminent Death

Those terrifying and squirm-inducing anti-smoking signs showing decayed teeth and whatnot may become collectors items (I mean, right? Hanging ironically over your sofa?) now that a federal judge has struck down a city law that required stores to post them.

“Even merchants of morbidity are entitled to the full protection of the law,” he wrote. (Wait, really?)

So New Yorkers can now go back to puffing away in blissful ignorance of the harmful effects—poverty, cancer, etc.—of their vile if alluring habit. Which should make us all breathe just a little easier.

Meanwhile, if you’re thinking of having a smoke right now to celebrate, the Daily News has thoughtfully compiled a slideshow of other anti-smoking grossout pics. Enjoy!