Monday, January 30, 2012

Smoke Screeners

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Smoke Screeners is an educational program that helps teach media literacy skills to young people and improves their ability to critically analyze the messages they receive about tobacco use in movies and on television.

Source: CDC: Smoking & Tobacco Use

Saturday, January 28, 2012

This Is Deathpardy!

Deathpardy! is brought to you by The Too Late Show, and hosted by the world renown, Grim Reaper. As host of the Too Late Show, Grim has won three consecutive "Morticians Choice" awards for best late night talk show host. The Show has also earned 27 Deady Awards. Grim takes it all in stride with his characteristic humility.

"Listen, I know as well as anybody that talking about death makes people uncomfortable. But if we can have a few laughs about it and maybe, just maybe, I can make people think twice about doing stupid things that could kill them? Well, then it's all been worth it."

The Too Late Show 2009: "DEATHPARDY" from Spot On Productions LLC on Vimeo

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Breathe Easy | Sharon's Story

Still think secondhand smoke isn't anything dangerous, or nothing to be concerned about? Watch this video and think again. Breathe Easy is a short mini-doc of Sharon, a student at FSU, sharing her experiences with secondhand smoke and lung cancer.

Breathe Easy Mini Doc: Sharon from Bryan Zhang on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Smoking Kills

Smoking cigarettes - it's like putting a gun to your head, only slower.

Smoking from Romain Caudron on Vimeo.

Breath In The Air

No more excuses - try to quit smoking. Breath, breath in the air. Don't be afraid to care. Look around, and choose your own ground. Otherwise, you'll be racing towards an early grave.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

A Child's Perception

Children are more perceptive than you may think. Without having yet experienced life and all of the lies, fraud and deception accompanying it, they often see the truth in things that many adults do not. Listen and learn from your children while you still can.

NHS "Gun" from Nathan Camponi on Vimeo.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Breathing Room | A Documentary

Coming soon from Chris Ivey, HYPERBOY Media & Films, A mini documentary series co-directed for the Pennsylvania Department of Health to address stressful reasons for possible smoking addictions in Pennsylvania urban areas.

Breathing Room (Pennsylvania Department of Health) from Chris Ivey on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

China's Cigarette Threat

According to a BBC News report, two landmark studies involving 1.25 million Chinese people show that China has the largest number of smoking-related deaths in the world. Because of a sharp increase in cigarette sales in the last 30 years, approximately 2,000 people daily are currently dying from smoking in China. By 2050, the researchers expect this number could rise to 8,000 a day - some three million people a year.

What's China doing to combat this preventable epidemic? The tobacco market is dominated by the China National Tobacco Corporation (CNTC), which is a government monopoly.

China Anti Smoking Campaign from Elisa de Lima on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Debi Austin on Tobacco

Debi Austin started smoking at the age of 13. She continued to smoke through a stoma in her throat even after being diagnosed with cancer and having her larynx removed at the age of 42. But, Debi fought back. She starred in an iconic television ad for the California Tobacco Control Program, quit smoking and has made anti-tobacco education not only her mission in life, but her passion. Here's her inspiring documentary -

Source: TobaccoFreeCA

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

Smoking | Non-Smoking

Compelling and frightening, SMOKING | NON-SMOKING is a film inspired by true events and dares to ask questions which remain unanswered to this day.

At its center is a portrait of a family torn apart by cancer. Non-smoker Jack Jordan Sr. has died of lung cancer at the age of 47, presumably brought on by thirty-years of breathing his wife Eleanor's secondhand smoke.

An ambitious Assistant District Attorney brings Eleanor to trial on murder charges, and 24-year-old son Jack Jr. is caught in the middle. The subsequent trial, the role young Jack plays in the proceedings, and the jury deliberations revolve around the questions of who knew what and when did they know it. Unspoken are the obvious political ramifications of the answers. Few films deserve the label "important," and this is one of them.

Here's the trailer -

Source: House of Film

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Secrets Of A Tobacco Executive

What's the connection between a fifty-one year old executive and a bunch of teenagers? Find out.

Source: Truth

Friday, January 6, 2012

One-Year Of Smoking Blows

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Smoking Blows, and I hope that in this short period of time, that I've convinced at least one person to try to quit smoking or to not begin smoking altogether. Although this blog has morphed a bit in the year since, writing this blog began as my way of venting my frustration and anger at inconsiderate smokers.

The main reason I first started this blog was because I lived in an apartment complex where cigarette smoke was pervasive and inescapable. It was everywhere! Cigarette smoke entered my apartment from the neighbors below, filled the hallways from neighbors on the same floor, and even filled the outside walkways throughout the complex.. and it pissed me off.

My "pet name" for the apartment complex was "Tobacco Alley" because you had to run the long gauntlet of smoke-filled walkways between apartment buildings anytime you wanted to enter, leave, or traverse the complex. You couldn't go anywhere throughout the place without encountering secondhand smoke, or cigarette butts and cigarette trash.

But, the thing that angered me most about living in Tobacco Alley, was that some smokers had the audacity to smoke at while at poolside, in the sauna bath, AND EVEN IN THE GYM! without a care in the world about how it affected anyone else. You couldn't complain to the management either, because they all smoked themselves and couldn't care less. Other than moving out, there was nothing I could do about it.. except to blog about it.

But, over that one-year period, things have changed for me.

Although I've continued blogging, I've since moved out of Tobacco Alley and into a home of my own. My frustration and anger towards inconsiderate smokers has diminished somewhat, now that I'm rarely exposed to their selfish behaviors and secondhand smoke anymore. I've also personally learned more about the processes involved in nicotine addiction, and have a better understanding of the complexity of the issues surrounding it, than when I first starting blogging. That's probably going to reflect in my blog posts this year.

However, while you may notice less prolific, and kinder and gentler posts in 2012, I'm still going to express my personal views and opinions about smoking and nicotine addiction.

But, please don't misunderstand my intentions. This blog is my way of "paying it forward".

I author this blog of my own free will, and on my own time. No one pays me to do it, and I serve no master. In short, if I can help someone realize the serious harm they are doing to themselves and others, or how they're being exploited, then it's worth my time and effort.

My chief goals with Smoking Blows blogs are getting smokers to realize the folly of their nicotine addiction and to quit smoking, and educating non-smokers about the consequences of this terrible disease so they'll never ever begin smoking. Their success is my success.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Just How Addictive Is Nicotine?

How hard is it to quit smoking? For many smokers, it's hard to accomplish on their own. They want to quit smoking, but they need some help to become successful.

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Many smokers know that they're harming themselves and need to quit smoking.

But a nicotine addiction is such a powerful force that some won't even try to quit. That's why it's extremely important to enlist the free help and support from your local quitline.

If you live in Arizona, call the Arizona Smokers' Helpline to speak to with your own personal "quit coach", enroll in a free quit plan, and get the support you need to quit tobacco today.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Smoking Isn't Cool

Even people acting like a bunch of arctic monkeys know that smoking blows.

But, don't just take my word for it. Listen to what these posers have to say about it.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Don't Lend A Smoke

I'm sure it's hard enough to kick the habit yourself, nevertheless help your friends to quit smoking. But, if they're your friends and you care about them, why enable their addiction?

Lend your friend a hand, not a smoke.

Don't Lend a Smoke from twenty seventh films on Vimeo.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Persistence Is Your Greatest Weapon

Quitting is a fight you can't let yourself lose. It may take many tries to beat your nicotine addiction, but persistence always prevails. You WILL beat smoking if you keep trying.

Source: Tobacco Free Florida

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Gerry's Story

When we're young, we all think that we're invincible and that our bad habits and lifestyle will never affect us. But, if you're a smoker, the odds of escaping harm aren't on your side as you age.

Source: You Can Quit