Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Join World No Tobacco Day

Tobacco is public health enemy number one. It kills six-million people worldwide every year.

The tobacco industry does everything it can to undermine anti-tobacco work. WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. WHO has chosen "Stop tobacco industry interference" as the theme for the 2012 World No Tobacco Day - on 31 May.

YOU can help WHO.

Discover the subversive methods of the tobacco industry by watching the campaign video. Find out what WHO, governments and civil society are doing, and how you can help stop the tobacco industry in its tracks, by joining the conversation on Twitter @WHO - #NoTobacco.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) | Hat tip to Tobacco Free Florida

Monday, May 28, 2012

Portrait Of A Smoker

While you may think that you look suave and debonair, once you become a smoker, you lose your sense of identity and that air of independence. You become invisible to everyone else around you.

Touch of Evil: Ryan Gosling from Bunker Media on Vimeo.

Don't Become A Smoker

Most smokers regret becoming smokers and what smoking has done to them. Don't become one.

Touch of Evil: Mia Wasikowska from Bunker Media on Vimeo.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Why Is It So Hard To Quit Smoking?

The processes involved in becoming a nicotine addict are multi-factorial. So, it's not unreasonable to believe that the treatment to quit smoking shouldn't be the same.

To be successful, you must unlearn what you have learned. Enlist some help in the process.

Why is smoking so hard to quit? from Scott Wallace, PhD, RPsych on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

WHO: World No Tobacco Day 2012

Stop Big Tobacco Tactics
Next Thursday is the WHO (World Health Organization's), World No Tobacco Day.

Tobacco industry interference is the theme of this year’s World No Tobacco Day, which takes place on 31 May 2012.

World No Tobacco Day 2012 will educate policy-makers and the general public about the tobacco industry's nefarious and harmful tactics.

This year's campaign will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry's brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine global tobacco control efforts, and to stop their intimidation.

Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death. The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are people exposed to second-hand smoke. Unless we act, it will kill up to 8 million people by 2030, of which more than 80% will live in low- and middle-income countries.

On this day, and throughout the following year, WHO will urge countries to put the fight against tobacco industry interference at the heart of their efforts to control the global tobacco pandemic.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


nathan is a short film about a boy who doesn't like his family smoking because it can harm them. To stop them from smoking, he'll stop at nothing to get rid of every cigarette in the house.

Keep up the good fight nathan! Your family needs you.

nathan, a short film from Elliot Lamb on Vimeo.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Pick Up The Trash

Although it may seem that way to many smokers, Mother Earth is not an ashtray.

Cigarette butts are the most numerically frequent litter in the world. About 360 billion cigarettes are smoked in the U.S. every year and their toxic butts litter our sidewalks, streets, neighborhoods, schools, parks, beaches, waterways, lakes, and oceans... they're everywhere.

Personally, I think a great solution to the toxic cigarette litter problem would be to use a portion of those tobacco industry recovery funds to create a cigarette butt recycling programs.

Similar to what many states do with bottle and glass recycling, the program would charge smokers a small initial deposit when purchasing cigarettes, then refund them that deposit when they return their used cigarette butts.

Just watch how fast cigarette butts fall from being the number-one most-littered item to something hard to find when people can turn in cigarette butts for cash.

Butt until then, let's hope smokers become more considerate and start picking up their trash.

Source: Mickey Carroll

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Secondhand Smoke Blows

In adults, secondhand smoke can cause heart disease, lung cancer, and other respiratory diseases. In children, secondhand smoke can cause SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), ear and lung infections, and asthma attacks.

In fact, nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are 20-30% more likely to develop heart disease and lung cancer than people who are not exposed to secondhand smoke.

Source: Smoke Free Philly.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

How do you tell your mother just how much you love and appreciate her on Mother's Day?

Here's how - Beatrice's son, Nick, wrote her a letter urging her to quit smoking. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, she tells how this act of love gave her the courage to end a lifelong habit. There is no better Mother's Day gift.

Hat tip: BreathND

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tips Of The Week

It's never too late. Tips from former smokers on how to successfully quit smoking.

Source: CDC: Tips From Former Smokers

Quit Smoking, Just For You

There's a lot of things in life that we often take for granted, and our health is one of them. It's only after something doesn't function properly when we begin to realize just how lucky we were to be healthy.

So, why mess up a good thing? Quit smoking before YOU can't breath.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cool Smoking

When our youth see celebrities smoking on screen or stage they often fail to understand that, in many instances, those celebrities or their employers are usually compensated in some way for their cigarette endorsements. They're getting paid to smoke.

So, why would anyone think that it's cool when those celebrities we profess to admire, and often seek to emulate, are selling us out in order to line their own pockets?

Who would consider that behavior cool? That's not cool smoking, that's fool smoking.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Don't Be A Jughead

Everything about cigarettes is designed for addiction. Don't become their Jughead.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Secondhand Smoke Kills

Be very careful about who you ask for a light. There's a growing segment of the population who isn't going to put up with any inconsiderate secondhand smoke anymore.

Fresh to Death scene from Distortion Entertainment on Vimeo.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Celebrate Victory on Cinco de Mayo

Are you a MexiCAN, or a Mexi-CAN'T?

Show everyone your juevos and celebrate your heritage and a victory over innumerable odds this Cinco de Mayo by making it the day to begin your battle against the superior forces of nicotine addiction and the tobacco industry.

What better way to teach your children the historical significance of fighting, and persevering, against a much stronger and deadly opponent? Quit smoking. You CAN do it!

QUIT SMOKING - ALA from Flying Colors Productions on Vimeo.

C-Span: Addiction Incorporated

C-SPAN interviews Charles Evans, Jr. and Dr. Victor DeNoble.

Mr. Evans is producer and director of a new documentary which features former Philip Morris research scientist Victor DeNoble. The film chronicles DeNoble's unexpected discovery of an ingredient in tobacco which, the data revealed, when coupled with nicotine makes cigarettes more addictive. Just how addictive?

Dr. DeNoble reveals that even own sister is still an active smoker.

Sources: C-SPAN and Addiction Incorporated

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Kids Say The Darndest Things

The problem is all inside your head she said to me. The answer is plain you see if you take it logically. She said it's really not my habit to intrude, but I want to help you with your struggle to be free. There must be fifty-ways to prevent youth smoking.

And one way is through Plain Packaging. Plain packaging means removing all branding from cigarette packs, so that all packs, from all tobacco brands, will look the same. Watch this video and you'll see that it makes sense. Then get on the bus, Gus.

Source: The Answer Is Plain

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Teenage Rebellion

As part of normal development into young adults, teenagers often develop an identity independent from their parents or family and a capacity for independent decision-making.

A large factor in teenage rebellion is the natural desire to do the opposite of what parents expect them to do. But, sometimes, that isn't such a bad thing.

Anti-smoking Rebel from Palermo Films S.A. on Vimeo.