Smoker commercials - how do you feel?

comatose-kitty comatose-kitty
There are new commercials like "Tips from smokers" where there's former smokers with holes in their throats giving you tips and such.
Or the commercials where the people are missing limbs and such because of smoking.

How do you feel when you see these?
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*shaking* Ain't never gonna smoke weed again. (Friday reference XD)
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How sad.
29
It's your own fault.
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Total votes: 50 (39 voters)
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05/07/2012
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Peggi Peggi
Really, I think it's sad. Yes, in a way, they did "do it to themselves", but who knows, I may end up one of those unlucky folk, may not. Some people end up with lung cancer and never smoked a day in their life. People end up with debilitating illness and disease all the time, so in a way, I think we're all doing damage to our bodies. I can't judge someone either who smoked and didn't quit even after the issues, because we almost all do things like that. Maybe not to that degree or maybe we don't realize it, but we do. Even in the foods we eat EVERY DAY, fast food that has harsh additives and chemicals, sugar-loaded beverages and high-calorie foods. Pollutants from city driving, chemicals from tanning solutions, hair dyes. We all do it from time to time, I think. Even radio waves from cell phones are harmful.

So I feel bad for the people who suffer from those afflictions, and regardless of what caused it, I feel for them.
05/07/2012
SilverMinxxx SilverMinxxx
I feel bad for their families who have to deal with the consequences and I feel bad for anyone with conditions like that, even if they caused them.
05/07/2012
Geogeo Geogeo
I know how hard it is to quit smoking. Hardest thing I ever did pretty much. So I think more how sad, though I know it won't do anything to push anyone else to quit.
05/07/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
Quote:
Originally posted by comatose-kitty
There are new commercials like "Tips from smokers" where there's former smokers with holes in their throats giving you tips and such.
Or the commercials where the people are missing limbs and such because of smoking.

How do ... More
Yes! It scared me, but no, I cannot say "it's your fault." I have sympathy, a heart! Now days, yea we know before we smoke that there are deadly effects. I'm smoker. I kept the habit because it "seemed" to relieve my horrible anxiety. It's my fault. I gave in and smoked. It's not smart and I have worked on quitting and spent a lot of money trying. I don't look at smokers as less than, stupid or bad people who "get what they deserve." I wish people would let up on smokers. Yea, a lot of that is because I am one, but if I weren't, I'd still say GET OVER IT. In that sense, I'm talking about the people that complain about smoking and people who smoke like they're damn criminals. I didn't mean "GET OVER IT" towards anybody besides those. I say get over it because I feel there are bigger issues in the world than the people who smoke. I'm not damaging other people's health and I don't want to be treated as less than/criminal when I'm smoking in my own car in a public parking lot, ya know? That's what bugs me.

I do think it's good to start bringing awareness. I don't remember seeing this type of awareness when I was growing up except for the smoking warning on cig packs. It's a good thing and yes, people should absolutely know how bad it is. Still, there's the older generation that had no idea that smoking was damaging to their health. They were even allowed to have smoke breaks at school. Those are the people who deserve some sympathy! I mean, afte they got addicted, they found out it kills. I don't think it should be wrote off as something people should just put down because it's hard.

I guess the commercials don't bother me. I'm not offended, I don't see a reason I should be. I suppose it could sadden someone who recently lost a loved one due to smoking. I believe that knowledge is power though. I can say, when I see those commercials, I put off lighting my next smoke for a while longer.

PS. Talking on cell phones causes cancer I hear. Standing in front of a microwave does too, I hear. Using certain sex toys, certain soaps. Do we treat the people who still do it as criminal? Just a thought I had.
05/07/2012
Peggi Peggi
Quote:
Originally posted by kendra30752
Yes! It scared me, but no, I cannot say "it's your fault." I have sympathy, a heart! Now days, yea we know before we smoke that there are deadly effects. I'm smoker. I kept the habit because it "seemed" to relieve my ... More
Yeah, that's why pregnant women are advised to stay off of cell phones. Scary, isn't it? Yeah I heard about microwaves but I'm not sure if it's true, but I imagine it is! Apparently re-using plastic bottles is also very dangerous because the plastic breaks down over time and releases carcinogens into the beverage. SCARY!
05/07/2012
Zombirella Zombirella
Those commercials just disturb me. I don't know why they have to play them. I mean really anyone that I know that smokes and saw those commercials said it isn't going to make them quit. I'm just sick of seeing them, no offense to those people, I mean it's unfortunate but enough already.
05/07/2012
anonkitty anonkitty
I always cringe a little when they come up and I'm not sure how effective it really is.
05/07/2012
GONE! GONE!
Quote:
Originally posted by Zombirella
Those commercials just disturb me. I don't know why they have to play them. I mean really anyone that I know that smokes and saw those commercials said it isn't going to make them quit. I'm just sick of seeing them, no offense to those ... More
This. I don't think it really helps people.
05/07/2012
js250 js250
Quote:
Originally posted by Zombirella
Those commercials just disturb me. I don't know why they have to play them. I mean really anyone that I know that smokes and saw those commercials said it isn't going to make them quit. I'm just sick of seeing them, no offense to those ... More
I am a smoker and no, these commercials are not going to make me quit. I feel sorry for the people, but I also know each individual made the choice to start--including me--knowing the full risks of smoking to your future health.

However--I would thoroughly kick my adult daughter's butt if she ever thought about smoking. Maybe the ads are not aimed so much at us current smokers as they are for the potential future smokers. If those ads stop even 100 people from ever starting, they did their job.
05/07/2012
Badass Badass
I feel it should be noted that the comercials are directed toward cigarette smoking..

if you are going to smoke something, it should be weed before cigarettes. odd how weed is illegal but does less damage than cigarettes or alcohol.
05/07/2012
Mwar Mwar
People who are older were not as informed as today. Tobacco companies intend to target 12-15 year olds to make them life-long smokers. It was especially bad a couple of decades ago.

So people like my mom and older I feel for because they were taught it was good to smoke. The same goes for those who were not taught better, immigrants etc.

However, I can't for the life of me understand when I see kids my age smoking when I know they were taught better.

I say they should have the commercials, it happens and its true. They should do the same for meth and other drugs as well.
05/07/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
Seeing it makes me not want to smoke ever. That is for sure
05/07/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Those PSA's are supposed to be deterrents, not designed to make people quit.

Really, we have no way of knowing anything about these people, other than they have trache tube holes.

Someone could've smoked 3 packs a day for 30 years and be there. Someone could smoke 5 cigarettes a week and die of lung cancer.

Something Mwar said about "taught it was good to smoke" - do you think advertising has really changed much since then?


...at least they aren't as bad as that Sarah MacLachlan PSA...
05/07/2012
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by Mwar
People who are older were not as informed as today. Tobacco companies intend to target 12-15 year olds to make them life-long smokers. It was especially bad a couple of decades ago.

So people like my mom and older I feel for because they were ... More
It's a cycle. If your parents smoke you are twice as likely to become a smoker yourself.
05/07/2012
mmmmm mmmmm
I always cringe a little
05/10/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
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Originally posted by Ansley
It's a cycle. If your parents smoke you are twice as likely to become a smoker yourself.
I was twice as unlikely to become a smoker because I hated the smell that their cigarettes left on my hair and clothes. Never smoked a day in my life because of that.
05/10/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Quote:
Originally posted by comatose-kitty
There are new commercials like "Tips from smokers" where there's former smokers with holes in their throats giving you tips and such.
Or the commercials where the people are missing limbs and such because of smoking.

How do ... More
People do irresponsible things to their body, and there are consequences.
05/10/2012
spineyogurt spineyogurt
People can do what they want and they have to pay.
05/10/2012
TransMarc TransMarc
I saw similar things at school when I was younger. I wish there would be some sort of warning on what it is showing people, so I could have asked to go out or people who sees similar things on TV could avoid because it is SERIOUSLY DISTURBING. I even had nightmares about it. Well, then you might say: but disturbing people is intended!
However, people can do what they want as long as I don't have to smell their smoke (it makes me breath badly and then I cough a lot for a while even after leaving the room where they are smoking, though now that it's warm I can open every windows.)
05/10/2012
CindyH CindyH
i think it is sad but we can't make them stop if don't want to i never have smoked and never will
05/10/2012
badk1tty badk1tty
Quote:
Originally posted by comatose-kitty
There are new commercials like "Tips from smokers" where there's former smokers with holes in their throats giving you tips and such.
Or the commercials where the people are missing limbs and such because of smoking.

How do ... More
It is sad, and it is also self-inflicted.
05/10/2012
Azule Azule
It's depressing, but it's nice that they are actually doing those commercials to kind of give that perspective of it and make it real for people.
05/10/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
I have always felt disgusted by cigarette smoke, and the commercial only reinforce my feeling that it is a nasty, senseless (in terms of being unhealthy AND expensive) habit.
05/10/2012
deltalima deltalima
Quote:
Originally posted by comatose-kitty
There are new commercials like "Tips from smokers" where there's former smokers with holes in their throats giving you tips and such.
Or the commercials where the people are missing limbs and such because of smoking.

How do ... More
Not a fan.
02/24/2013
Andrey2052 Andrey2052
How sad.
02/24/2013
Stagger13 Stagger13
Quote:
Originally posted by comatose-kitty
There are new commercials like "Tips from smokers" where there's former smokers with holes in their throats giving you tips and such.
Or the commercials where the people are missing limbs and such because of smoking.

How do ... More
A good reason NOT to smoke.
02/24/2013
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