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BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (101,558)
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3/30/13 6:28 A

As an ex-smoker who quit 10 years ago, the ads weren't around then but my drive to smoke was greater than the graphic pics on the box. Here in Canada has a ban on open displays of cigarettes which means everything is drawers at the store that you cannot see as well the price of cigarettes is astronimical compared to the States. Money is what will get smokers every time....a package of 25s is a minimum of $10 -- I know quite a few people who quit over the price.

Just my two cents

RONIGH Posts: 631
3/29/13 5:42 P

Anything that helps reduce the overall number of smokers is fair game. I'm an ex-smoker myslef, I can't believe I once smoked. I am for graphic ads, and substantial taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco prodiucts.

MARTYJOE SparkPoints: (18,252)
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3/29/13 3:40 P

Doesn't do anything to deter the smoker,may help non smokers stay away

MICHELLE2343 Posts: 714
3/29/13 3:36 P

I don't smoke but if I did those ads would want me to quit asap. I like the point they get across on how bad smoking is for one's health.

JUBILANT_SLEEP SparkPoints: (6,507)
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3/29/13 1:34 P

I personally don't mind them and I think they get their point across, but for the sake of people who do mind them, I think companies and organizations should work to be more tactful with their presentation.

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,061
3/29/13 12:35 P

addiction is addiction. The person that has an addiction, whatever it may be, has to want to change themselves. Nobody or nothing is gonna change them.
Tell a diabetic he can't have cake. He's gonna want it more.


GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (69,727)
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3/29/13 12:10 P

I have mixed feelings about graphic ads. Part of me says, "If it prevents one needless death, or keeps one person from starting the habit, they are worth it".

Another part of me remembers a March of Dimes ad I saw once (after having lost a child) that almost drove me to a breakdown. It was a cruel ad about aids and babies and sent the message that they should be aborted. I have never thought well of the March of Dimes since they took a stand for abortion instead of medical advances. I actually am pro-choice but donations should not be used for such outlandish bias ads.

Well, I strayed off topic but the graphicness of the ads is the same. Shocking to some, acceptable to others.

PHDMAMA06 SparkPoints: (65,039)
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3/29/13 12:00 P

I really have mixed feelings about them.

they're very disturbing, and if my six-year-old son happened to be watching TV when one was on, I know it would totally freak him out. Maybe these ads are going a bit too far, although I do think it is vital for everyone to be educated of the risks of tobacco use. And if someone's REALLY made their mind up to smoke, I don't feel that a television ad campaign is necessarily going to deter them. Although maybe, just maybe, it would plant a seed in some people's minds.

However, when I was a young teen, I saw a documentary about the dangers of smoking, and it interviewed people who had suffered the consequences of it. A couple of the things I saw on there were fairly graphic and scary. Not that I had even THOUGHT about smoking, but the images and stories I saw scared me off of it for life...which I'm sure was kind of the goal of the documentary.

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
3/29/13 11:38 A

I think they are going too far, if they do like that with one thing then do for all. Show drunk driving deaths with blood and all its gore, Show an infected penis or vagina with STD'S. Show drunk people throwing up, passing out and doing things because they feel brave as they let their guard is down ....we all don't want that and I don't want this either. I think adults ignore the ads, and small kids little kids get scared and will try to make parents quit, and teenagers say that's messed, but it won't stop them from smoking if they want to.

DEBLYM SparkPoints: (3,198)
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3/29/13 11:25 A

i dont think they work, and might even increase teen smoking.....teens love dares. i also dont think it helps smokers to quit, its just an exercise in hateing on smokers, and making them feel as bad as possible because they cant quit, i mean, its not like smokers dont know its bad for them. Not to mention scaring the bejesus out of the kids of smokers.

its useless and only makes the nazi anti smoking people feel good.

just my humble opinion.....and no, i dont smoke.

ZZYYGGY3 SparkPoints: (36,250)
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3/28/13 6:00 P

I understand why they are on, and their purpose, although I'm not sure they help. but why do they have to show them during dinner times. They can be just as graphic, and uncomfortable as they want during any other time of the day.

OFGREENGABLES Posts: 514
3/28/13 2:31 P

we've had them for years, and I don't know if they deter smokers, but they might deter people from starting

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,855
3/28/13 2:25 P

I have to say that I've never smoked, but my dad has and I've seen what he's going through with COPD, Heart disease, badn circulation in his legs and has had 3 respiratory failures (lucky to be alive).
The graphic ad of the woman who shows how beautiful she was as a teen starting to smoke and the shocking reveal of her with hardly any hair, a hole in her throat and no teeth putting in dentures is quite disturbing.
I was actually kind of grossed out by it the first time I saw it because you have to think of how these cigarette companies made it sound cool to smoke and lets face it a lot of women do smoke so that they don't reach for food, I knew of a couple of girls in high school that smoked because they didn't want to gain weight.
These companies knew they were getting people addicted to their product, but then again no one puts a gun to our heads to do anything.
I guess they have to use the shock value of the commercial to try and get teens never to try it and to see if they can change some minds out there to quit smoking all together.
I know it's horrible to see someone you love fighting to live, but I have mixed feelings about this commercial. I think it might be a little too graphic for children (I'm talking the little ones ) if they happen to be in the room, it is kind of scary.
What do you think?

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