Most Effective Anti-Smoking Ad Ever

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 4 years ago

This ad is everything an anti-smoking PSA should be...poignant, touching, emotionally triggering, logical & in your face
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Female 323
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Male 2,855
well, i cant believe the most selfish people (according to this add) in the world would not help a kid out, but then they were prolly teaching the kid to get their own goddamned lighter themselves
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Male 7,123
patchgrabber

Yes, Leary has said many good things, some of which might even have been his own.
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Male 1,258
I smoked for 20 years starting at 9 years old. Stayed off for three years, relapsed for a little over a year.
Last cigarrette was May 8th.

Being able to come to the logical conclusion that smoking is bad for your does not mean that you can always overcome the physical and mental drive to smoke. Fighting any addiction is hard work.
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Male 5,811
@MeGrendel: Leary has said many good things, hasn`t he?

I have no problem with someone smoking, so long as they aren`t standing right outside a door or blowing it in my face. I don`t pester smokers so I expect the same in kind. I used to smoke, and one day as I was walking to a physics lecture I decided to have a smoke as I walked. An annoying girl walking a good 4-5 metres behind me started fake coughing, small at first, but then as she caught up to me was fake hacking, then said "Smoking is a rude and disgusting habit," to which I replied "So is talking to strangers."
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Male 14,330
Don`t think for yourselfs people tobacco is the cause of rising cancer rates da goberment sayz soz it couldn`t be anything else too.....

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Male 14,330
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Male 406

Now that this is a PSA
PSA
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Male 3,949
hursday, June 21, 2012 11:36:50 PM
I agree, people feed their kids pharmaceutical cocaine to get them to study, and use pharmaceutical heroine for pain. They irradiate themselves constently, over-use and then under-use antibotics causing resistant viruses. Everybody fights enough skin cancer each day from UV rays. Obesity is still just as big a killer. And...a whole bunch of other poo.

The point is, your gonna die and it`s gonna hurt. But everyone seems to do something unhealthy everyday and it`s impossible not to! I get sick of people chanting "It could hurt you," so could everything else in this world.

I`m not saying, do anything you want because anything can happen, but smoking is taken far to seriously and it takes the spotlight away from real health issues.
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Male 37,902

Big differance between and adult making a choice and a child.
Why not run a commercial of a kid asking for a condom? Or passing around a bottle of booze? or any other adult activity.

Fail commercial.
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Male 411
ggwp
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Male 3,631
Reminds me of those missionaries/evangelicals that give you a "million dollar bill" and troll you into turning it over to reveal the saviourist message on the reverse.
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Male 2,737
Welp, time to light up,......
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Male 1,136
Well good thing weed`s illegal
It`s totally worse, right?
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Male 7,353
ChrisP12-"Do you believe that the choices we make shouldn`t be judged by others."

All choices of individuals and groups are judged by everyone. It`s human nature. People who `claim` not to judge are lying.

My problem is when someone deems their judgement to be superior enough to determine what consequences others should suffer for their choices.

I am not one to say that `if you do this, you can`t enjoy the access to the same care the rest of us do`. Smokers are welcome to the best medical care they can afford (and, yes, I expect them to pay for it).

Every pays the consequences for thier decisions. If you want to make it illegal, find. Try. But as long as it`s legal it`s not anyone`s plaace to put false consequences in the way because the action is not politically correct.
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Male 7,353
mal_BB-"where as all of the examples you provided MAY be linked to cancer"

All of the example have proven to increase your risk of cancer. Just as smoking has proven to increase your rish of cancer. If you smoke, it is not guranteed that you will automatically develop cancer, just that your chances are increased. (Heavy smoking runs in my family, cancer does not.)

BTW, I do not consider myself a smoker. I can`t stand cigs, but enjoy the occasional expensive cigar.
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Male 1,048
I smoked for years. It`s not that hard. it`s just the same as fighting any urge. Like the urge to masturbate in public, or punch a woman in the face everytime she calls you a no good useless lump, or even take a creamy poo on a slide. You just say naaah
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Male 186
Name calling aside MeGrendel. Do you believe that the choices we make shouldn`t be judged by others. Is smoking a rational choice?
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Male 650
Smoking is harder to quit than Heroin. Trust me I know.
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Male 1,231
But in fairness to you, (over here in the UK at least) our nhs simply wouldn`t survive without the tax revenue brought in by smokers, so to ban them from having their various diseases treated would be ungrateful and unfair to say the least.
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Male 1,231
@MeGrendel-where as all of the examples you provided MAY be linked to cancer, Smoking is directly linked to cancer, and a whole host of other diseases. It`s spurious to suggest that people who eat hot dogs (and are not morbidly obese) are in the same boat as people who smoke.
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Male 186
MeGrendel, my god you might be right, maybe I am obsessed with phallic symbols. For instance when I think of you I thinks - what a d*ck.
It`s a choice (that you are and should be free to make) but it still reflects poorly on your judgement.
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Male 7,353
deputy-" refuse a treatment for lung cancer because he brought it to himself"

Why are you just limiting it to lung cancer?

Why shouldn`t the skateboarder be refused medical treatment for his broken leg?
Someone who choses to ride a horse should not be able to get his arm set.
The cyclist who flew over his handlebars should not recieve treatment for that head wound.
Injured in a Car Wreck? Oh well. Your choice to be in the car.

In fact, the leading cause of preventable death is hypertension. So all you uptight people are just out of luck. No Medicine For You!

Sexually transmitted disease ranks in the top five. That`s voluntary. So, from now on, only virgins can get medical treatment (if they`re not uptight). (Congrats, you still qualify.)
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Male 7,353
deputy-"I think when you decide to poison your body, you forfeit al rights to treatments for diseases that are caused by that choice."

I pay for my own medical expenses, so it`s a moot point. But, unless you`re a hermit that breathes bottled air and lives off of tofu, you`re in the same boat.

Do you eat fries? (or any fried food?) May cause cancer (acrylamides formed during frying are a factor).
Hot dogs? May cause cancer.
Drink wine? Increases your chances of cancer.
Use deodorant? May cause cancer.
Ever had an X-ray? Causes 700 cancer cases per year in Britain.
Drink Bottled water? May cause cancer.

I`d be happy to give you a list of at least 200 things to avoid in order to lower your chance at getting cancer. So, until you give up EVERYTHING that may cause cancer, shut the hell up about other`s choices. (btw..should you decide to follow the list, you will have to remove your testicle, if life hasn`t already done so)
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Male 448
@megrendel: They make a choice alright, but are they willing to accept the consequences of their choice? I think I still have to here the first smoker say he will refuse a treatment for lung cancer because he brought it to himself.
I think when you decide to poison your body, you forfeit al rights to treatments for diseases that are caused by that choice.
Same goes for being an organ donor. If you decide to not be an organ donor, you should have no rights for receiving organs.
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Male 337
i wouldnt have lit him up cause i`d go to jail
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Male 678
Man, some people are so controlling.
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Male 7,353
ChrisP12-" it does show a lack of judgement and maturity."

It show`s a personal choice. No more, no less.

You`re attitude, on the other hand, shows ignorance (and you demonstrate that very well).

ChrisP12-"I`d like to postulate that the cigar is a phallic substitution for something else."

Or we can postulate that you`re an ignorant person who likes to sit around and contemplate other mens` phalluses.

The only time a cigar should ever be considered a `phallic symbol` is when discussing Bill Clinton, who really pissed me off because he ruined a perfectly good cigar on that skank.

@ spanerbulb...let me fix that statement for you: "Smoking is a CHOICE and A CHOICE thing to do and a result of A CHOICE, that`s to say people who smoke MAKE A CHOICE and they made a CHOICE to start in the first place.
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Male 7,353
patchgrabber-"Denis Leary said it best."

Nope, Dennis Leary said it best when he said, "I`m the enemy, `cause I like to think; I like to read. I`m into freedom of speech and freedom of choice. I`m the kind of guy who likes to sit in a greasy spoon and wonder, "Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecued ribs with the side order of gravy fries?" I WANT high cholesterol. I wanna eat bacon and butter and BUCKETS of cheese, okay? I want to smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in the non-smoking section. I want to run through the streets naked with green Jell-o all over my body reading Playboy magazine. Why? Because I suddenly might feel the need to, okay, pal? I`ve SEEN the future. Do you know what it is? It`s a 47-year-old virgin sitting around in his beige pajamas, drinking a banana-broccoli shake, singing "I`m an Oscar Meyer Wiener"."

I think a Gurkha is in order. (I`m out of Cuban`s until I go back s
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Male 14,330
Seems like alot of people think everyone else wants to live as long as possible. Have you ever seen how miserable most extemly old people are?
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Male 926
"Re-reading my earlier post I should have used the term belief rather than philosophy. My belief based on my experiences. It`s interesting Maddux that you`d use a cigar in lieu of what ultimately might be better for you - a psychiatrist. I`d like to postulate that the cigar is a phallic substitution for something else. A Freudian might suggest it`s just a cigar."

You`re response validates my previous comment.
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Male 186
Re-reading my earlier post I should have used the term belief rather than philosophy. My belief based on my experiences. It`s interesting Maddux that you`d use a cigar in lieu of what ultimately might be better for you - a psychiatrist. I`d like to postulate that the cigar is a phallic substitution for something else. A Freudian might suggest it`s just a cigar.
BlazingBird, "time and place" was this a challenge to what a fight? Or are you asking my to take time and place into consideration (as a rationale for smoking)?
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Male 926
[quote]"Smoking is a stupid and fruitless thing to do and a result of stupidity, that`s not to say people who smoke are stupid but they made a stupid decision to start in the first place. The sick thing in this situation of course is the underhanded tobacco companies are allowed to operate in the way that they do." [/quote]

I smoke cigars every now and then. I`m not addicted to smoking, I"ll have a smoke at the end of a long week, and I feel neither stupid nor immature for doing so. The benefit for me is that smoking a cigar is cheaper than a psychiatrist, it lowers my blood pressure, and makes me feel happy. The tradeoff is knowing that doing it in excess could possibly lead to health complications later in life.

What is stupid about it? It`s no different than having a couple glasses of wine at the end of a long week. Not different
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Male 14,330
Tobacco is bad for you!?!?!? I thought it contained vitamins and s**t!!! Guess I`ll have to start giving Timmy the patch or flinstones nicorette!
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Male 501
The end text seems to indicate that it was effective. The goal is not to get them to immediately quit, but to seek help in quitting. If a slap in the face like this does that, then it is effective.
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Female 1,144
I am not a smoker, I have never been into it that much..I am not going to say I have never tried it before,It has never really been my thing..
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Male 98
With maddux32 on this one - time and place Chris.
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Male 1,243
Smoking is a stupid and fruitless thing to do and a result of stupidity, that`s not to say people who smoke are stupid but they made a stupid decision to start in the first place. The sick thing in this situation of course is the underhanded tobacco companies are allowed to operate in the way that they do.
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Male 5,413
Extremely effect. Well made.
@maddux32
"What an asinine, idiotic, putrid statement."
How?
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Male 926
[quote]My philosophy is that although smoking in and of its self doesn`t show a lack of intelligence it does show a lack of judgement and maturity.[/quote]

What an asinine, idiotic, putrid statement.
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Male 186
My philosophy is that although smoking in and of its self doesn`t show a lack of intelligence it does show a lack of judgement and maturity.
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Male 3,310
I don`t think any of them were inhaling.
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Male 7,123
Having said that I just realised I had a rollie between my fingers as I posted.
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Male 7,123
None of these smokers were unaware that smoking is bad for you, but they had compartmentalised that knowledge. I thought it was a very good advert.
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Male 3,894
This is just as stupid as the other anti-smoking ads. You`re never going to get anywhere by treating smokers as these inferior, helpless people who just need to be shown the light to quit.

People smoke for a lot of different reasons, but I haven`t ever encountered someone where "I didn`t know it was bad" was one of them.
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Male 5,811
Useless ad is useless. I think Denis Leary said it best when talking about a guy wanting larger warnings on packs:

"Like the problem is we just haven`t noticed yet, right? Like he`s going to get his way and all of a sudden smokers around the world are gonna be going `Yeah, Bill, I`ve got some cigarettes...HOLY SH|T! These things are bad for ya! Sh|t I thought they were good for ya, I thought they had vitamin C in`em and stuff!!`"
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Male 6,737
Nice advert.
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Male 32
when will the powers that be realise that these ads just don`t work for the most part, regardless of how effective they seem. smoking is first and foremost an addiction. people are ADDICTED to it, no reasoning or logic will stop them being addicted. the people that make these adverts have probably never smoked in their lives, and therefore think telling people how bad it is will do the trick. you think smokers dont know it`s bad for them?! they talk themselves into thinking it`ll be ok, just so they can get their fix. its one of, if not the most powerful drug on earth, and certainly the most accessible. ads like this seem great, but unfortunately, just don`t work.
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Male 1,268
"Am I the only person who thinks this is a crap advert that proves nothing?"

Yes, because we ALL know that. You go into a situation trying to teach the child the consequences of smoking that you already understand. You`re smart enough to make that decision for yourself. But then the child hands you a card stating "I`m smarter than you." in essence. Assaults on the ego, which this is, ARE effective. Those not directly involved in this demoralizing encounter probably aren`t hit as hard, but those who are handed that "You`re an idiot." pamphlet will most likely quit.
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Male 148
The reason why adults smoke, but do not wish children to smoke is that they do not think that children have enough understanding of how smoking would affect their life and decision making ability to choose for themselves.

Am I the only person who thinks this is a crap advert that proves nothing?
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Male 1,268
"I`m sure if that were the states, we would have given them a light."

Eh, no. I mean, really, scale "child over protection" by culture and rethink that statement. If these kids did this with successful upper middle class americans/europeans, as these thai`s appear to be, there would likely be cops called to find out why the parent is allowing this to happen.
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Male 1,471
The man/woman who thought of that should get a medal for being a genious..
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Female 3,727
Haha, I`m sure if that were the states, we would have given them a light. Maybe even a Mary Jane, smoked it with them, took a picture and posted it on facebook....

LOL..
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Female 8,044
Link: Most Effective Anti-Smoking Ad Ever [Rate Link] - This ad is everything an anti-smoking PSA should be...poignant, touching, emotionally triggering, logical & in your face
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