Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Slogans for new anti smoking ads

The believing we do something when we do nothing is the first illusion of tobacco.
  • Be Cool - Don't Be a Smoking Fool.
  • Be smart don't start.
  • Breathe healthily, live happily.
  • Cancer cures smoking.
  • Cigarettes burn holes in your pocket.
  • Cough twice for Philip Morris.
  • Did you know your mouth is on fire?
  • Don't be a butthead. Smoking kills.
  • Don't be a Kool Fool.
  • Don't puff your life away.
  • Don't smoke you will choke!
  • Don't smoke - there are cooler ways to die.
  • Everyone has a right to clean air.
  • Hang Tough, Don't Puff!
  • Health is wealth.
  • How the Tobacco Industry Killed American Soldiers
  • I like smoking. It kills off a lot of stupid people.
  • I quit because my kids love me.
  • I would give up smoking but I’m not a quitter.
  • If God had wanted us to smoke, he would have given us a separate hole for it.
  • If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action. (in a non-smoking area)
  • If you can’t stop smoking, cancer will.
  • If you don’t smoke, I won’t fart!
  • If you smoke, you're a joke.
  • If you think smoking is cool, you're a fool.
  • Is smoking good for business? Not if you want long-term customers.
  • Kissing a smoker is like licking an ashtray.
  • Live it or Burn it...
  • Make your choices, it's your life.
  • No smoke no life, but No life with smoke.
  • Please keep smoking. Our planet is overcrowded.
  • Put it out before it puts you out.
  • Put your money where your butt is.
  • Quit smoking. It kills!
  • Quit smoking before smoking quits you.
  • Save Money - Quit Smoking!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Movies with Smoking Scenes Should Have R- rating

Brad Pitt’s personage in Snatch, Mickey O'Neil, possesses all traits of classic Hollywood film. He is fully confident and attacks as a real professional, and as Al Pacino in Scarface, he smokes. It is already proved that children imitate media. The Surgeon General declared that smoking really makes teens smoke. It is prohibited to light up in TV commercials, so why can we smoke in movies?

Actions to prohibit smoking in movies have started several years ago; however no formal policy is currently in place. James Sargent, representative of the Cancer Control Research Program at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, analyzed the consequences of exposing teenagers to any movie showing smoking scenes. The results demonstrated that after watching such films, children were more likely to pick the habit. There was an evident link between the film industry’s use of smoking scenes in films and the increasing number of youngsters trying as well as regularly smoking. And after another study, Mr. Sargent and his team found all answers – the movie rating.

Film smoking exposure (FSE) was evaluated basing on the monitoring of 530 block busters. Each movie was divided according to the respective ratings fixed by the Motion Picture Association of America as: G/PG, PG-13, and R respectively. Despite the fact that median FSE was higher for PG-13 movies in comparison to that of R-rated films, their relation to smoking was similar. All these results provided scientists with an amazing conclusion – it was the smoking itself that prompted teenagers to smoke, and not the vulgar behavior often associated with adult movies. Thus, Mr. Sargent and his colleagues concluded that allowing R rating for any movie depicting smoking “could significantly decrease adolescent smoking.” He adds that it might even guarantee a 16% drop. So, Mr. Sargent calls on the film industry to undertake similar actions as they did in considering scenes of violence and sex.

A new R rating could decrease smoking among youngsters, but wouldn’t it just delay the eventual affirmation of tobacco use? Such a rating might prevent some things, but it is unable to prevent the inevitable. Mr. Sargent agreed with the above statement; however he added that older teens of 17 years old and higher are more likely to make right choices, than children at 12 or 14, as they have a higher maturity level.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Right to Free Speech

Altria Group and Reynolds American both cited liberty of speech to the U.S. Constitution as the reason behind a civil legal proceeding looking to reverse a coming ban on displaying smoking products in stores in the Rockland County, N.Y. According to a source, Lorillard, Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco have filled the suit on June 27.
Respondents in the legal proceeding are the village agencies and representatives that were attributed the responsibility for introducing the cigarette display ban once it becomes effective in October 2012. Calling the ban as “an evident attack on the content of tobacco advertising” that infringes their First Amendment right to free speech, they required the court to name the local law unconstitutional and prohibit the Hudson Valley village to implement it. The village board passed similar ban in April, declaring that the sight of packages of cigarettes on a store shelf attracts teenagers to this habit.
According to the law, retail stores could proceed to sell tobacco products, without displaying it, and instead giving age-verified clients, only after request, a price of tobacco products to order from. “Philip Morris and Reynolds American are trying to challenge a currently adopted local law that stops retailers from displaying smoking products in their stores. If passed, this local law would infringe free speech rights by prohibiting cigarette manufacturers and retailers from advertising adult smokers about the varieties, prices of their tobacco product brands,” David Sutton, representative of the Richmond, Va.-based Altria, declared in an interview.
Bryan D. Hatchell, representative for R.J. Reynolds stated that: “We think that this new law prohibiting the display of smoking products is not concordant with monitoring Supreme Court decisions under the First Amendment, and we starting this legal proceeding first of all to protect our First Amendment rights. This law is not about keeping youngsters from smoking, but it is probably about banning advertisement of a legal product to adults who enjoy smoking.” “All retailers have a full right to communicate with their customers about the brands they offer by displaying those cigarettes within their own premises,” added James Calvin, the New York Association of Convenience Stores president.