Anti-Tobacco Ads


 

In this segment, I would like to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts that have been brought on by advertisements that are trying to prevent the use of tobacco. It seems that the tables have turned. Where we used to see smoking advertisements, we now see the exact opposite with anti-smoking billboards and commercials.

These non-tobacco advertisements are not only out in abundance, but they are powerful as well. Commercials show harsh realities of what happens to smokers. Some display those that are living with holes in their necks, talking about all of the adjustments they have to make in their daily routines. A recent one features a woman who has greatly had her vision affected from smoking, and now must receive routine shots in her eye. They are not by any means easy to watch. These ads are graphic, and that’s how they need to be. No longer can we sugar coat it.

These ads have also touched us emotionally as well. I heard one on the radio the other day where a father had to explain to his curious little boy why he had so many doctors’ appointments. Dad had developed lung cancer, and was worried that he may not be around for his son much longer. No doubt, this advertisement is effective in tugging on your heart strings. However, what’s even more painful to think about is the fact that this is actually happening every day. Sons and daughters are losing their parents to tobacco far too often. Spouses are looking back on their wedding photos, wishing that their significant other had quit smoking before it was too late. The thought process often is, “it will never happen to me or anybody that I know”, but with all the data and knowledge we have today, anybody who says that is being naïve.

These efforts to put out advertisements against smoking need to continue. Imagine the effect an advertisement like the ones I talked about can have on a smoker. Sitting in the living room, enjoying the television with your family when suddenly, one of these anti-smoking commercials comes on. The room will suddenly grow tense, perhaps awkward because this ad cannot be ignored. I hope these families get anxious when these ads come on, in my opinion that’s a good thing. It needs to be uncomfortable to wake everyone up and to help these families realize that smoking needs to come to an end.

We are nowhere near putting an end to tobacco. However, it really gives me hope now that I am seeing these powerful ads in such large quantities. We are no longer listening to the lies of cigarette companies; instead, we are now fighting back. For once, it seems that the people have finally gained leverage against large tobacco corporations, and these companies have nothing that they can fight back with. We see through all their lies and attempts to get around the inevitable truth. Finally, we are on the attack, and this should not stop until tobacco is put to an end.

Helping a Friend Quit


Image result for quit smoking image

 

Today, I would like to discuss what I think are some of the best methods to help a friend stop smoking. Of course, this is no easy task, but we as friends can really be a big support towards stopping their harmful habits.

In all honesty, I don’t think you can really start helping somebody to quit smoking until they decide themselves that they want to. Often times, people get annoyed by friends constantly telling them to stop and their pride gets in the way. They don’t want to give you the satisfaction of being right all along. Instead, just wait on your moment to step in. Although it may be difficult waiting around for them to make the decision, your friend will be more willing to quit knowing that they made the choice by themselves.

It’s going to take some work on your part. The first couple weeks are probably going to be the most difficult. During this time, try to be with them as much as possible. They may want to call you when they have the urge, be prepared to talk and give them encouragement. Offer up activities where smoking won’t be on their mind. For example, things like biking, going for a cruise, or even going shopping are great ideas. Try your best to stay away from situations where they would normally smoke. Perchance, you will have to sacrifice going out to the bars until the urges start to settle. Suggest alternatives like going to see a movie. This puts them in a position where they would have to walk out of the theatre and miss parts of the movie in order to smoke, and having candy or popcorn during it will also serve as a distraction.

You are going to have to understand the withdrawal symptoms that your friend goes through while they are quitting. They may get depressed, annoyed, and sometimes angry. Realize that this is not personal, and push through without fighting back. The worst thing that can happen is the two of you get into a huge argument. I can almost guarantee if this happens and you abandon them, they will go right back to smoking.

Image result for 2 people arguing image

Continue offering encouragement. Tell them how far they’ve come and that it only gets better from here. It will make it harder for them to resort back when they know that the finish line is near. Feel free to offer up rewards as well.

If your friend goes back to smoking, try your best not to be angry with them. Rather, still congratulate them on how well they did. Don’t tell them that they have failed, tell them that this was just another step towards quitting and that progress was made. Keep instilled in their head that quitting is still the ultimate goal.

No doubt, helping a friend to quit smoking will be difficult on the both of you. It’s unfortunate that it takes so much effort and fight to quit this bad habit. However, it will be one of the most rewarding things for your friendship, and all of those struggles will be worth it.

Camel Bans Smoking In General Workplace


Image result for camel smoking images

In recent news, the Camel Tobacco Company has banned employees from smoking in general work places. This includes at their desks, conference rooms, hallways, elevators, basically wherever they please. Instead, Camel will be building indoor smoke rooms for those who still want to smoke inside.

First things first, I don’t even think I have to say anything for you to see the irony here. Camel is one of the companies that always tried defending how cigarettes are not all that harmful to you, and now that same company has taken steps against it to protect other employees. However, it seems that Camel still does not want to admit that these cigarettes are dangerous. Instead, they say that they are banning the usage for another reason. Spokesperson David Howard said “We’re just better aligning our tobacco use policies with the realities of what you’re seeing in society today.” Seriously? Instead of saying that second hand smoke is putting their employees at risk, they have the nerve to blame it on society? Don’t you think there is a reason for these “realities in society” today? That maybe, just maybe, people realize all the harmful effects of smoking and are taking steps towards stopping it in public. The efforts to try and support cigarette smoking by Camel has become annoying, it’s no secret anymore, even the people sucking down packs a day of Camel’s cigarettes are aware of the harm it causes.

Regardless of Camel’s antics, I guess you could call this a bit of a win. However, I am shocked that this change even had to be made in the first place. You’re telling me that employees had free reign to smoke wherever and whenever they wanted? Can you imagine a workplace like that? I don’t care what kind of air filtering system you have; the smell of that place had to be unbearable. As well, it’s not like 100 percent of Camel employees smoke. In fact, studies show that the number of employees who smoke at Camel is right around the average of our nation. Did Camel never consider the other employees that wanted no part of smoking? Don’t tell me that one should not have chosen to work for a tobacco company if they didn’t want to always be exposed to second hand smoke. That’s ridiculous; your job should never require you to suffer through an environment like that. I am truly amazed that it took Camel this long to be considerate of its employees.

Maybe we should not be all that surprised by Camel’s like of consideration. After all, this is the same company that used a cartoon like Camel as their mascot in an obvious attempt to attract children to cigarettes. Thankfully, the use of the cartoon was banned to stop manipulating the minds of helpless children.

Nonetheless, as I said before, a win is a win. Although it may be small, it is progress. If nothing else is to come of this, at least the employees of Camel will no longer have to be at risk of harmful second hand smoke.

 

Image result for camel smoking images

Welcome To Permanent Campaigns


 

Welcome to Permanent Campaigns. We call this the Permanent Campaign because we will strive to putting and end to the tobacco world. I have have seen too many friends and family lose their lives because they have all struggled with tobacco.

The addiction to this animal is the worst of its kind. Everyone usually starts when they are a very young age. They end up hanging around the wrong crowd. They try a few due to the persistent influence of friends. Then they go into their Mom’s purse and “borrow” a few from her. Next thing you they are 18 years old and officially legal to buy their own packs.

They always talk about quitting but that’s all that it is. Just talk. Years go by and the end results are still the same but it is too late. They have chronic bad breath and purple lips. Ever see what happens to people who use chewing tobacco? It is not a pretty sight.

It really boils down to the parents guiding their children and helping them make the right decisions. Although they can’t control who they hang around with, it is important that they teach their kids what are the ramifications should they choose to go this route.

My parents got married when I was 2 but got divorced when I was 6 years old. I never really got the chance to receive parental guidance from my mom and dad. I ended up living with my aunt but she was more of a caretaker rather than a parent. Luckily I hated the smell of cigarettes so I never got a chance to be addicted to tobacco.

My aunt, on the other hand, was a victim of the side effects of smoking. She was diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 49 and died a year later. In her early years, she hung around the wrong crowd and wound up addicted to cigarettes at the young age of 14. In her early adulthood, she would average a pack a day.

It’s a learning lesson for all of us. My goal is to reach out to the young ones that can be saved from this horrible habit. Maybe I won’t be able to save everyone, but I will die trying.

 

 

 

Credit: www.guidestar.org