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CDC forcing absurd advertisement down our throats?
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I got no problem with them, but I wish they wouldn't show them while I'm eating....
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ychromosome you have some great points. You're right to say that there is no cause and effect with smoking and lung cancer. That is to say not everyone who smokes will get cancer or the other diseases associated with it. However there are countless correlation studies that show the risk increase for these chronic diseases is drastic if one chooses to be a smoker.

I understand your point about the firefighters, and that type of stance. However, just for the sake of argument, let me say that firefighters, as a whole, try to avoid smoke with masks and respirators. Where smokers openly welcome the smoke with nothing more than a gimmicky filter. Firefighters also are risking their lives for the safety of others rather than smokers who endanger themselves selfishly to just get a fix of nicotine. I'm not exactly sure of the year, but the county that i live in, firefighters can't smoke cigarettes anymore. That is unless they were smoking before that rule came into effect. Doctors who smoke know the risks first hand more than anyone, and absolutely should lose any aid that would otherwise be afforded to them. How can i feel sorry for someone who knows they may get hit by a car if they play on the freeway, but decides to anyway?

Haha, but if i were you i would of saw how i was from Las Vegas and how they allow smoking inside casinos and certain bars. Then brought up the argument of those workers who don't smoke, but still have to work in those environment with constant second hand smoke inhalation.

If i was the one writing the law then government aid would be drastically reduced for those who choose to live high-risk type life styles. That is to say those who are overweight, sedentary, abuse substances, and etc. It may not be completely fair, but it is not fair for the rest of us to have to pick up the tab for them either. Look at life insurance companies. If someone lives a high risk lifestyle then their premiums go up. Health care can be modeled in the same way.

This is how things would be done if i could do it my way. Thankfully for many, that will most likely never be the case.
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Lol people still watch TV.? Anyway, I don't pay any mind to the criticism the CDC is getting for doing this and I don't have any gripe with them either, I personally agree with Anti-Smoking. There should me more awareness for it and even more limitations on second hand smoking. I really hate second hand smoking and being forced to breathe in the same carcinogens people purposely put in themselves through smoking.
Posted 4/9/13
I haven't really seen any commercials like that... I have the tv on most of the time when I am around it. I don't really pay much attention to it though.it is mainly just for background noise until I go to bed.
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I don't really watch tv, what with being a full time student and having a part job. But occasionally when I find time to sit down and eat with my family, they will have it on. I have seen one of these commercial. It was the one where the women with the tracheostoma was explaining how she got ready for the day. Gross for something during dinner but educational for my younger sister who is only allowed to watch tv during dinner time on school nights.

She asked questions which lead to a discussion on why smoking is harmful. I think they accomplished what they set out to do.
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I'm not really commenting on what it actually takes to keep kids from smoking or if the ads even work and I totally agree with you that I'd rather kids be intelligent and know how to think for themselves.

It seemed to me you were more focused on the graphic nature and the "shock value" of the ads and to that I just think 30 seconds of TMZ does far more damage to a kid than one of these ads. But maybe I'm the wrong person to be commenting, I used to watch "The Operation" way back when "TLC" was still "The Learning Channel"
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I'd like to add something in response to the people who said this ad wouldn't deter them from smoking. I'm pretty this ad wasn't meant to target people who smoke or who want to or people who hate smoking, this ad from my impression of it is meant to target kids and teens who are on the fence about smoking or thinking about trying it out.
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These commercials wont stop anyone from smoking and neither will teaching people its bad for you. The only reason people are quitting is because its hard to smoke anywhere but home comfortably anymore. Teen-early twenties will always try it out regardless of what you do and some will get hooked. Nicotine isnt all that bad for you, its the other chemicals they use and why e-cigg's have taken off. I highly doubt any campaign will eradicate cigarette smoking. If anything it will just come back a few generations down the line as a new fad and start over again.
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I've never liked these commercials personally but I think they're more for instilling an image of a smoker into a kid's young mind. Way back when, smoking portrayed in movies looked cool, and kids usually get an image of that in their mind and it sticks with them the rest of their lives.

I'm a smoker (wanting to quit though tbh). Mainly it's just that I get bored or need something else to do. While I admit these commercials do sicken me, what makes me more sick is that it seems like they're using the people in the commercial to seem like their some sort of freak or looking down upon them... I dunno though, I don't like 'em, but I don't have a problem with 'em either. There's way worse stuff on TV nowadays though.

While on the topic of smoking,, I heard (in the US) that they are trying to raise cigarettes by a dollar. And apparently people who don't even smoke are supporting this crap because they think it will "help people quit." People will still buy cigs if they want to smoke no matter the price. (Unless it was some outrageous number). Plus, don't they realize it's just more money for the tobacco companies? If they were trying to raise alcohol prices though, I bet it wouldn't go through, even though alcohol causes just about as much deaths as cigarettes.
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mystik134 wrote:

While I admit these commercials do sicken me, what makes me more sick is that it seems like they're using the people in the commercial to seem like their some sort of freak or looking down upon them...



Great point.

I can imagine a teacher bring a child with burn scars in front of the rest of class and say, "You see this? This is what happens when you play with fire. Do you want to be like him?"
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Is it strange that those commercials actually trigger my urge to smoke?
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kamaitachi5587 wrote:

Personally I have no objection. I'll answer each point with my opinion.

1) Perfect scar them when they are young. Imprint terror with the effects of smoking and the effect will last a life time. Sound horrible and it is but it is better than the alternative.

2) They should lower the amount of ads. More exposure will result in desensitization. One or two ads at prime time or in a much watched event would be much more effective. Maybe something with autopsy photos or footage.

3) Yes an adult should be able to do as they please. The ads do need more information i agree. However if an adult does as he/she pleases they should be ineligible for any Federal and/or State aid programs should they fall ill.

I know my views are extreme but so be it. I've seen what it can do so maybe I'm biased.



It's not biased, and we're in agreement on all of your points.
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Posted 4/11/13

mystik134 wrote:

what makes me more sick is that it seems like they're using the people in the commercial to seem like their some sort of freak or looking down upon them... I dunno though, I don't like 'em, but I don't have a problem with 'em either. There's way worse stuff on TV nowadays though.



Yea I always find it amusing when some lil snot who thinks they can look down on people who smoke or make a comment get socked it happens more and more with these campaigns. It happens around bar districts so often lately... Telling someone its unhealthy ok sure whatever, forcing your views on others is another thing all together though.
Posted 4/11/13

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I got no problem with them, but I wish they wouldn't show them while I'm eating....


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Posted 4/11/13
Freedom of speech.

If Marlboro can publish an ad that glorifies smoking, an opposing organization can publish an ad detracting it.

Do what you want with you body, don't let biased commercials change your mind. Do research think, be a contrarian and make up your own mind.
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