Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Scary Halloween Scenario

You being tricked into smoking is the tobacco industry's greatest treat.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Are You Up To The Challenge?

Notice how this smoker never lets go of that cigarette, no matter the extent of the toll being taken on his body. Nobody deserves such a vicious beating.

So, you know what I say? Drop that cigarette and defend yourself!

Source: SmokeFree

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Cain Report

You know something dear anti-smoking advocates? I couldn't make this stuff up.

I wouldn't believe it if I didn't see it myself. See what Stephen Colbert has to say about one of our Republican presidential contenders bizarrely using cigarette smoking in a campaign ad.

Hat tip to Smoke Free Life.

Leroy's Story

Leroy works along side of the Canadian Cancer Society, in it's Manitoba division. Here he shares his experiences with the consequences of smoking with students of all ages.

CCS Promo from Quinn Merkeley on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

SOS Project Prevent

Big Tobacco is not your friend. To stop smoking in its tracks - stand up to Big Tobacco - it all starts with you. It’s the power of one plus one that adds up to a lot more... you’re going to see the proof and BE the proof on November 11th.

Pledge to participate online at

Source: SOS: Stamp Out Smoking

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wouldn't It Be Easier To Quit?

What's it going to take to get you to realize that it's time to quit smoking?

Source: Clear Way Minnesota

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Riddler (Frank Gorshin)

Answer This Riddle, Batman!
Riddle: There are three men in a boat with a pack of cigarettes and no matches. How did they manage to smoke?

The Riddler, portrayed by Frank Gorshin, was one of my favorite characters from the 1960's television show, Batman, which I watched regularly as a kid.

Unlike Batman's other enemies, The Riddler was a cerebral criminal. He was obsessed with riddles and word games, and commits his crimes in order to try to flaunt his intellectual superiority over Batman.

The Riddler's criminal modus operandi is so deeply ingrained into his personality that he is virtually powerless to stop himself from acting it out. He cannot simply kill his opponents when he has the upper hand; he has to put them in a deathtrap to see if he can devise a life and death intellectual challenge that the hero cannot possibly solve and escape. Only the Caped Crusader and his Boy Wonder were able to solve his riddles.

There were other actors who portrayed The Riddler after Frank Gorshin, but in my opinion he perfected the role, being nominated for an Emmy for his performance. But Frank wasn't only an excellent and prolific actor, he was also an accomplished singer, dancer, and one of my favorite impressionists, appearing on The Dean Martin Show, The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and numerous Las Vegas performances.

Unfortunately, there was one riddle that no one could ever answer. Why wouldn't Frank quit smoking? Frank was a chain-smoker for many years, unable to kick his nicotine addiction even after it led him to contracting emphysema in his late years, and eventually lung cancer. Frank was luckier than most cigarette chain-smokers though, reaching an age of seventy-two before finally succumbing to his condition, and leaving the world a little less entertaining.

Don't fall victim to The Riddler's own deathtrap. Make a serious effort to save your life before it's too late, and stop smoking today. 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669/TTY 1-800-332-8615)

Answer: They threw one cigarette overboard and the boat became a cigarette lighter.

Image Source: Batman Wiki: The Riddler

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

It's Your Money, Don't Burn It

Make them sweet. Make them cheap. Make them pretty. Make them move off the shelves.

It’s no secret that tobacco companies spend more money on advertising in areas with larger African American populations. They spend millions a year in advertising with hip hop and celebrities. They’ve been doing it for more than 30 years.

They also know that, if they can get you hooked with stuff that looks and tastes like candy, there’s a good chance they’ll have customers for life. Don't get played.

Learn the facts at - Don't Burn It and Oppose Underhanded Tobacco Tactics.

Don't Burn It TV Spot from HealthyBoston on Vimeo.

Monday, October 17, 2011

What Would You Do?

If you knew what smoking quickly did to you on the outside, as what is does to you on the inside of your body, what would you do? Think about it.

Anti Smoke with Jeff from Jeff L. on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Medical Marijuana And Big Tobacco

According to a report by Anthony York, Los Angeles Times -
"The state's largest doctor group is calling for legalization of marijuana, even as it pronounces cannabis to be of questionable medical value.

Trustees of the California Medical Assn., which represents more than 35,000 physicians statewide, adopted the position at their annual meeting in Anaheim late Friday. It is the first major medical association in the nation to urge legalization of the drug, according to a group spokeswoman, who said the larger membership was notified Saturday."
And before anyone could even say "Holy Smokes!", the rumor mill has it that Big Tobacco has already capitalized on this news and is prepared for the opportunity to be THE leader in this lucrative field, should medical marijuana sales become legalized federally. But, don't just take my word for it, see their purported advertisement for yourself -

Camels, The Medical Marijuana Doctors Prefer Most
Image Source: worldtraveler666 at

Saturday, October 15, 2011

My Sixth Sense About Smoking

People often ask me why I continue to devote so much of my time and energy operating this anti-smoking blog? They figure that people are already fully aware of the consequences and dangers of a nicotine addiction, so there's really nothing that I can do to keep them from making foolish choices. But, I disagree.

What people don't understand about me, is that I have a sixth sense about these things, and I see things that they refuse to see. I've been able to see these things ever since I was a young boy, watching my parents smoke themselves to death. It scares the crap out of me.

So, maybe if I share what I see, some people will come to believe what I have to say.

[Turn Up The Volume]

I See Dead Smokers from Studio Sixty on Vimeo.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Dear Prudence: I'm Dating a Chimney!

Should a non-smoker become involved with a smoker? I think you know my opinion, but here's some good advice on manners and morals from someone considered less blunt.

Source: Slate | Dear Prudence

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Don't Be Fooled By A Pretty Face

Being pretty doesn't always mean being smarter.

Choose your friends wisely. It's always in your own best interests to take some time, and think about the consequences of your actions, before you make any life-altering decision.

TOBACCO (2011) from Itaru Kinoshita on Vimeo.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Smoking Kills

It's not always about you. If you're going to be a militant smoker, be considerate and give a little thought to what you're doing before you do it.

Don't Smoke! from Cuyle Carvin on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Smoke Break

Take a break from smoking. Because if you don't give it up, neither will she.

Smoke Break from Andrew Lee on Vimeo.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Cigarettes Are Radioactive

According to an ABC News report, scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles, reviewed 27 previously unanalyzed tobacco company documents and found that tobacco companies knew that cigarettes contained radioactive Polonium-210 as early as 1959, and did nothing about it.

Dr. John Spangler, a professor of family medicine at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina, said when smokers inhale, the radioactive particles damage the tissue on the surface of the lungs, creating "hot spots" of damage. When combined with other cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco, Spangler said the damage from radiation is potent.

More importantly, according to the same report, Polonium's radioactive particles also don't simply vanish when cigarette smoke blows away. Spangler said smokers may not realize how long this radiation can linger in their homes. "Some of these radiation particles hang around for decades and decades," Spangler said. "You're emitting radiation when you smoke, and your family, your dog, your cat are all inhaling that radiation. How many smokers want to expose their child to radiation?"

According to another anti-smoking advocate, Megan Yarbrough -
However, today’s headlines actually drill home a far more important point — our society has a very short memory. Nearly the exact same story hit the stands in 2008 after the publication of a study by Mayo Clinic and Stanford University.
And - I'd like to add my opinion to the mix in stating that perhaps other people knew about the radioactivity of cigarettes even before 2008, and as far back as the 1980s. But no one was listening back then either. Like Megan says, we tend to have short memories.

What do I mean?

I could be wrong, but I'd like to think that perhaps the rock group, The Firm, knew that they were being poisoned from all of the secondhand smoke they inhaled while playing at their various gigs, and tried to warn others about the dangers.

But, don't just take my word for it. Here's video of them explaining their unfortunate medical condition to fans at one of their concerts -

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Whatever Happened To The Malboro Men?

Three men who appeared in Marlboro advertisements - Wayne McLaren, David McLean and Dick Hammer - died of lung cancer, thus earning Marlboro cigarettes, specifically Marlboro Reds, the nickname "Cowboy killers".

The Marlboro Men from Julio Montas on Vimeo.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

There's A Better Life

According to the St. Albert Gazette, a Health Canada survey that was conducted in 2010 and released in mid-September shows that 17 per cent of Alberta teens aged 15 to 17 smoked. That’s up five per cent from the previous year, when 12 per cent of Albertan teens said they smoked cigarettes.

The Canadian Tobacco Use survey also showed Albertan youths bucked the national trend, where only 12 per cent of teens 15 to 17 years old admitted to being smokers.

When these teens were asked why there was an increase in teen smoking, they could only rationalize their reasons. But, if you ask me, it's because of peer pressure and because they chose to hang around other smokers.

Well young ladies, take it from someone who's been around the block and experienced the negative consequences of smoking firsthand. There is something you CAN do about it. Trust me, you just need to get out of that place! You'll lead a better life if you change your friends and start hanging around non-smokers. You only have to try.

But, don't just take my word for it, listen to these animal's opinions about smoking.

Chas Chandler, a founding member and bass player for The Animals, and long-term smoker, didn't get out of that place. He died at the age of 57 from a ruptured aortic aneurysm.