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post #1 of 9
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUcsQqW71mM

Quit smoking ads are becoming more graphic and "in your face" about the true horrors of smoking.

Personally I'm glad that we are finally starting to see these types of ads, but at the same time I can see how some could be really uncomfortable viewing such graphics. Regardless, I don't want to see them taken off the air. People need to see the consequences because telling people "you should quit. It's not good for you!" just isn't doing the job.

What are your thoughts?
post #2 of 9
Ads like that do help...I remember a college friend saying that she would never smoke. One class she had in high school went somewhere (forgot where) and she was able to touch a smoker's lung...she said that the lung fell apart just on her light touch.

The only thing standing in the way of "In Your Face" ads like this is that younger people have the "invincible theory". They thing that it won't happen to them...especially since they're showing an older person.
post #3 of 9
this is your brain on drugs, on your lungs on smoke.
if the ads tell the truth, i have no problems with them
post #4 of 9
Doesn't Canada have graphic pictures of mouth cancer on their packs of cigarettes?

As a smoker, as long as these ads are based in truth I don't really mind seeing them. Anything to get me to quit faster is really better. Even if it resorts to shock tactics.

Here at the images from a Canadian government website.

***** warning they are a bit on the gross side *********
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/tobac-t...h/index_e.html
post #5 of 9
NONE of the advertisements or graphics or lectures EVER made an impression on me. They are just not motivating to smokers.

Addiction controls you, you don't control it - you can only beat it, and then only when YOU are ready.

I knew all about what smoking does to a body, but that never helped me to quit - it was not a motivation for me. I had to find my own reasons for quitting, which I eventually did, and it had NOTHING to do with fear of heart disease or lung cancer or anything that had to do with smoking related health issues.

The more you tell someone that something is bad for them, the more they will simply tune you out. These ads are honestly just background noise to most smokers.
post #6 of 9
I don't know if they do any good to be honest?. My mother and middle brother both had mouth cancer, my eldest brother had his cancer in the sinuses, and right now my youngest brother has terminal cancer in his lung and secondary cancer in his bones. He found out 5 weeks after giving up smoking.

He'll have seen the adverts, he knows what my mum and brothers went through but he still smoked until it was too late
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
I don't know if they do any good to be honest?. My mother and middle brother both had mouth cancer, my eldest brother had his cancer in the sinuses, and right now my youngest brother has terminal cancer in his lung and secondary cancer in his bones. He found out 5 weeks after giving up smoking.

He'll have seen the adverts, he knows what my mum and brothers went through but he still smoked until it was too late
Awww, Susan, that's horrible.



Some for your family!
post #8 of 9
There is a commercial I keep seeing here that has people singing and dancing with cartoon characters. I beleive they are singing something about the "magical amount" of nicotine in cigarrettes - not enough to make you sick, but enough to keep you addicted. My sister (who is an ex-smoker) and I think this commercial is hilarious. Its off the wall and certainly gets your attention.

Ads like that are probably more likely to get a young person's attention than those "OMG YOU ARE GOING TO GET CANCER AND DIE!!! type of ads.
post #9 of 9
I'm not sure the ads work either. But I certainly don't mind them being on tv. We have had nasty images on our cigarette packs here for years now, and I doubt it works because people are still smoking

I mean, if parents don't realize their second hand smoke could be hurting their children, and that doesn't stop them from smoking...what the heck will?

(I just say that last part because as a young adult, I would routinely ask my mom if she would be sad if I died because of second hand smoke...she would say yes and then keep puffing away in the house where we 3 children were)
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