YES. Resoundingly so. Especially knowing they’re without a doubt violating copyrights at the same time. As there’s NO WAY IN HELL anyone can argue that ANY American cartoon company would consent to have their work used in this capacity.
DO NOT attempt to twist or apply what I’ve said here in any way to graphic arts. As I’m speaking strictly to the cartoon aspect, as you’ve laid out out here.
But your “lion face” point of reference for an example, was decidedly weak-sauce hon. Lol
As you’re having to “apply imagination” to subject matter that’s at best correlative. Not an almost 1:1 image as is blatantly recognizable with respect to the Minions being discussed in the original message.
Now the grey matter area (Star Wars, etc) is still bad enough, and given the copyright/IP violations there, wouldn’t be happening anyways IF existing laws were being enforced…
But that’s a WHOLE other thread, and as such, isn’t really a viable “target” in this discussion IMO.
You don’t have ANY such cartoon motifs legally evident in any tobacco products, why anyone would think it’s acceptable here, or should be any different, is beyond me. That was settled almost two decades ago (in the US). I know, some aren’t old enough to have been there. But there it is.
If you want to do grown up things (like smoke tobacco, or chew, or snuff, etc) then one should BE an adult (to start with), and ACT adult with respect to adult items.
There’s a time and place for novelty items. But THIS IS NOT one of them IMO.