Monday, April 23, 2012

Smoking Kills

Not only does smoking kill, but it also contributes to memory loss along the way.

Smoking Kills - New from Syndicate on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Who's Controlling You

Just watch how a nicotine addiction will make you behave.

Big Tobacco will do anything to get you hooked. And they know the younger they get you, the better. The unfortunate result is that, once you become addicted, you're now their bitch.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

How Much Does Smoking Cost?

No joke - smoking cigarettes just may cost you an arm and a leg.

Smoking causes Buerger's disease, which can lead to amputations. In this TV ad, Brandon and Marie talk about living with the effects of Buerger's disease as part of CDC's "Tips From Former Smokers" campaign.

Source: CDC: Tips From Former Smokers

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Torches Of Freedom

As unbelievable as it may sound, for a period of time in America, women didn't smoke.

Before the twentieth century smoking was seen as a habit that was corrupt and inappropriate for women. It wasn't until the feminist movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries when women began to smoke in order to prove themselves "equal" to men.

Cigarettes were described as symbols of emancipation and equality with men. Just who the hell are these "men" to tell us we can't smoke cigarettes? We'll show them! So, the catch-phrase "Torches of Freedom" became widely-used during that period to encourage women to smoke during the women’s liberation movement in the United States.

The term was first used by psychoanalyst A. A. Brill when describing the natural desire for women to smoke, and also used by Edward Bernays, on behalf of the tobacco industries, to encourage women to smoke in public despite social taboos. Bernays hired women to march while smoking their “torches of freedom” in the Easter Sunday Parade of 1929 which was a significant moment for fighting social barriers for women smokers.

Unfortunately interesting, huh? So much for women being the "smarter" sex.

Clip Source: Adam Curtis - The Century Of The Self

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Become A Smoke-Free Landlord

Approximately eighty-percent of people nationwide DO NOT smoke cigarettes, yet landlords who allow smoking in their rentals continue to put their non-smoking tenants at risk, and only to appease the minority of nicotine addicts whose habits only harm themselves and others.

Not taking into account the costs, damages, and nuisances caused by secondhand smoke to both tenants and landlords, here's just a sampling of how many "smoking-related" house fire news links for only the past week alone, by using a simple Google news search -

1. Fire destroys Roanoke County apartment building

2. Derby fire caused by cigarette, fire marshal says

3. A Warning To Smokers; 3rd fire caused by cigarettes

4. Smoldering cigarette — not an arsonist — may have caused fatal fire

5. Fire destroys Mountlake Terrace home

6. Discarded cigarette ignites duplex fire in northwest Oklahoma City

7. Smoking materials thrown in potting soil start apartment fire

8. Cigarette to blame in fatal house fire in Prince George

9. FDNY: Poorly Disposed Cigarettes Cause Of Queens Apartment Fire

10. Residents cope with aftermath of apartment fire

Wake up landlords and smell the smoke! It's in everyones best interests, including smokers, to operate only smoke-free housing facilities (pdf). So, what are you waiting for?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Ladies Love Smokefree Men

A gentleman, a bad boy, dimples, long hair, short hair, blue eyes, green eyes, musicians, sorta nerdy. No matter how many different personal preferences turn women on, the one preference that most of them look for in a man is -- being smoke free.

Very few women want a man with a fag in his mouth.

Source: Smoke Free Vegas, Baby | Hat tip: Clear the Smoke

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Kick Smoking To The Curb

Being young, all you cared about was the short-term feelings smoking gave you and didn't see just how tightly nicotine had you wrapped around its little finger.

It's only now that you're a little older that you've come to realize that you were only being manipulated. Unfortunately it took a while, but you've finally realized that your relationship with cigarettes is just too self-destructive and will only bring you regret, pain and sorrow.

Listen to what Yaffa has to share about her relationship with smoking.

Don't wait seventeen years to read the writing on the wall. Avoid becoming involved with cigarettes now, before allowing a nicotine addiction to manipulate you into becoming an integral part of your life.

Kick smoking to the curb. Believe me, you are worth it and can do much better.

Source: Break It Off

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

They're Watching You

Great news being reported since launching the Tips from Former Smokers campaign two weeks ago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has seen a two-fold increase in calls to the 1-800-QUIT-NOW quitline.

Combine those efforts with tobacco companies now being required to display large warning images on cigarette packs, and being required to list all of the ingredients contained in their products, we may just be beginning to realize a significant number of smokers finally being able to kick their nicotine addiction for good.

But, while we may be winning the battle, don't ever forget that Big Tobacco will always be waging a war to regain those successful quitters.

We can never let down our guard. With every breath you take, you can bet your bottom dollar that Big Tobacco will always be watching every move you make, every step you take, every vow you break, or every single day you stay tobacco free, hoping that you'll eventually come back to the dark side.

Quitting smoking hurts them. But don't just take my word for it, listen to their nicotine police yourself -

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Expect The Unexpected

Meet Justin. He started smoking casually when he was 14 years old. A few months after he quit at the age of 28, he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. His life was cut short by one seemingly harmless decision.

Source: Tobacco Free Florida

Monday, April 2, 2012

Royal Crowns

Better to wear them on your head than inhale them into your lungs.

Royal Crown Butthead

Sunday, April 1, 2012

How Big Tobacco Corrupts Science

Some 65% of all research and development in the U.S. is funded by private interests. History shows that the corporate funding of scientific research can be problematic — the tobacco industry offers a potent example. When corporations fund science, is truth the ultimate goal, or is stockholder profit?

Robert Proctor, Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University, explains ways in which the tobacco industry has manipulated science. Proctor argues that tobacco-friendly scientific research was "mounting a gigantic confusion campaign."

Source: ForaTV: Wonderfest