Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Meet Virginia Slimm

Although I believe what I'm doing is in smokers' best interests, unfortunately, there are some militant nicotine addicts who find my attitude towards smoking a bit self-righteous.

[Sigh] If only I knew how to re-direct that anger towards the pushers.

Source: Project Rant

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


You might be the epitome of beauty on the outside and think cigarette smoking isn't harming you that much. But the toll smoking takes on the outside of your body pales in comparison to just how quickly and how seriously smoking will turn your insides ugly.

Unfortunately, because we don't see the intense damage that smoking causes inside of our body, we tend to ignore it and rationalize that it won't happen to us.

Sigh.. if only there was some type of magic mirror that would allow us to turn inside out.

InsideOut from Rachel Mouawad on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Watch Your Secondhand Smoke

What, me worry? Yes - even the toughest superhero can succumb to secondhand smoke.

Smoking helps you lose weight -- one lung at a time!
Source: Mad Magazine | Watchmen Spoof

Friday, March 23, 2012

Eaux Fortes

You know that you want to quit smoking. You think about it constantly, don't you? You also know if you want to live a longer and healthier life, that at some point, you're going to have to make that tough decision and try to give up smoking for good.

Luckily, this may just be the time you've been waiting for to change your life.

A tsunami of anti-smoking advocacy and support is headed your way soon. When it arrives, instead of running away like many smokers and drowning before your time, why not dive in and use it to your advantage?

EAUX FORTES from rémi chayé on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

His Last Breath

How has tobacco affected your life? Like me, Michael lost both of his parents to tobacco-related afflictions. It's not pretty. I wonder if their nicotine addiction led Michael to become a smoker? He smoked for 20 years, but recently quit.

Source: Live Tobacco-Free Austin

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hidden Voice

I found this video on Sidewalk Radio, via a tip from anti-smoking advocate, @CiggyButtz.

Sidewalk Radio is a tool for advocacy along social, economic, and political lines. Advocacy means stuff like creating healthy communities, contributing to environmental justice, and building strong trade unions for often-exploited agricultural workers. They use anthropology as a resource to promote health, labor rights and visual media, and like Smoking Blows - they also post an abundance of anti-tobacco advocacy videos. Check them out!

Hidden Voice is a story about a father’s cigarette smoking and his loving son’s reflection on how his father's nicotine addiction threatens both his health and his family.

Hidden Voice from Marty Otañez on Vimeo.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tobacco Free Kids | Irreplaceable

Delivering a significant victory for public health, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit today upheld most provisions of the new law giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to regulate tobacco products (pdf), including the requirement for large, graphic warnings on cigarette packs.

This ruling affirms the authority of the FDA to take critical action to prevent the tobacco industry from continuing to target our children and mislead the American public. It marks the second time the FDA law has been broadly upheld.

Importantly, the court majority found that the law's requirement for large, graphic cigarette warning labels "are reasonably related to the government's interest in preventing consumer deception and are therefore constitutional."

The court found that the warnings "do not impose any restriction on Plaintiff's dissemination of speech, nor do they touch on Plaintiffs' core speech. Instead, the labels serve as disclaimers to the public regarding the incontestable health consequences of using tobacco."

Source: The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tips From Former Smokers | Terrie's Story

In high school, Terrie was a pretty cheerleader who competed on the cheer circuit. Her father was a smoker, and with more and more of her friends smoking, Terrie soon found herself lighting up in social settings. She would come to smoke up to two packs a day.

In 2001, at the age of 40, Terrie Hall was diagnosed with oral cancer, and later that same year, with throat cancer. Doctors informed her that they would need to remove her larynx. It was then that she quit smoking for good.

Today at 51, Terrie speaks with the aid of an electrolarynx. She continues to battle cancer.

Source: CDC: Tips From Former Smokers, Real Stories

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Making The Decision

Telling stories about prevention — your story or another — in a strategic way helps people really “get” how and why healthy change can happen. What's your story?

Ringgold Voices: Making the Decision from preventionspeaks on Vimeo

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Our Next Generation -Tobacco Free

Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General, says more is needed to curb youth smoking, stresses the goal of having our next generation becoming tobacco-free. Let's support her efforts.

Source: Voice of America News

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Taking The Initiative

Gotta love it when smart kids sometimes take serious matters into their own hands.

Put Out That Damn Cancer Stick!
Source: This is Photobomb!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Word From Regina Benjamin, MD

Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General.

More than 3.6 million kids smoke cigarettes! The fight against youth tobacco use and abuse was accelerated today by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, with the release of the Surgeon General’s Report, Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults. This report details the scope, health consequences and influences that lead to youth tobacco use and proven strategies that prevent its use.

According to the first paragraph of the report -
Tobacco use is a pediatric epidemic, around the world as well as in the United States. Although progress has been made since the first Surgeon General’s report in 1964, too many of our youth still use tobacco. Among U.S. high school seniors, one out of four is a regular cigarette smoker (Youth Risk Behavior Survey [YRBS] 2009, Chapter 3). Because few high school smokers are able to break free from the powerful addicting effects of nicotine, about 80% will smoke into adulthood. Among those who persist in smoking, one-half will die about 13 years earlier than his or her nonsmoking peers (Fagerström 2002; Doll et al. 2004).

Source: Accept The Challenge!

Support Smoke Free Movies

When you see cigarette smoking being depicted in the movies, it's for a reason. Big Tobacco pays Big Money to advertise their products throughout the motion picture industry.

According to the National Cancer Institute -

The depiction of cigarette smoking is pervasive in movies, occurring in three-quarters or more of contemporary box-office hits. Identifiable cigarette brands appear in about one-third of movies. The total weight of evidence from cross-sectional, longitudinal, and experimental studies indicates a causal relationship between exposure to depictions of smoking in movies and youth smoking initiation.

But, as more people become aware of how smoking is sinisterly advertised in movies, the growing majority, including individual actors, are now supporting smoke-free movie policies.

Video source: Will Rogers Institute

You can help smoking disappear in movies too. Visit Smoke Free Movies to learn more.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tobacco-Free Athletes | Inspiration!

The tobacco industry heavily promotes at events like stock car racing, baseball and rodeos. By repeatedly showing the face of tobacco at places where people go to have fun, big tobacco believes positive feelings will eventually be associated with tobacco use.

Project Filter wants to change the belief that tobacco use is normal, “cool,” or acceptable behavior at sporting events. To do this, Project Filter must get its own pro-health messages in front of racecar, motocross, baseball, and rodeo fans. This requires a visible presence at events, which sponsorships provide.

Project Filter is fortunate to have found a team of role models both inspirational and talented in their respective sports. The Project Filter team reaches fans all over Idaho – the same fans marketed to so heavily by big tobacco. And each member of Project Filter’s team brings a unique message about the importance of quitting or remaining smoke free.

Source: Project Filter and Idaho QuitNet

Sunday, March 4, 2012