I really enjoy the commercials broadcast by The Sunny Side of Truth. You know the commercials about cigarette smoking and how Big Tobacco lies to consumers and says some of the most absurd things imaginable. They are very informative and quite entertaining. With little eye catchers on the website like In 2001, 250 babies died of SIDS from inhaling secondhand smoke, BUT think of all the babies that live!
My favorite Sunny Side of Truth commercial of all is this Smoke or Beat Your Wife one that has been airing recently.
But if you don’t you might beat your wife
How ridiculous is that notion. I can see a husband standing there now contemplating..hmmm lung cancer…assault charge…cancer…jail time..jail time..cancer…hmmm
Hopefully no one has had to place those two actions on a balance in their life to see which weighed out best for them.
Being that I have never been a cigarette smoker, I can’t try to explain what makes a person start or continue smoking cigarettes, but I will say that from what I have seen, trying to stop is one heck of an ordeal. I have seen people who try everything from the Nicotine patches, to stopping smoking by adding on another habit, to going cold turkey. Some of them have been successful, others begin the roller coaster ride of wanting to stop smoking but not being able to do so.
On the website I found the following information
- Nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstream more slowly with smokeless tobacco than with cigarettes, but it continues to be absorbed more even after tobacco has been removed from the mouth.
- Tobacco is expected to kill 1 billion people this century. That’s 10 times the toll it took in the 20th century.
- Big Tobacco labels their cigarettes with things like light, ultra-light and low-tar even though they can be as deadly and addictive as regular cigarettes.
- In 2002, U.S. consumers spent about $88.2 billion on tobacco products
After visiting The Sunny Side of Truth website and just thinking generally about smoking, I began to wonder how people who actually have the habit feel when they are asked to not smoke in someone’s home, or when they have to put a cigarette out because most places are smoke now smoke free? Do they feel violated..even though the truth is that they violate non smokers every time we are forced to choke down their secondhand smoke?
Even though cigarette smoking is not illegal isn’t it still sorta, kinda a crime, being that a smoker’s habit forces other people to unwillingly smoke which may lead to that innocent person getting cancer or some other respiratory disease? That may sound weird, but when you are in the proximity of someone who is enjoying their smoke, you are inhaling a cigarette that you aren’t even smoking. We have all at some point in time been around someone who was puffing and enjoying and we were standing as far as we could from them, yet we could still smell the fumes of their cigarette. Is that fair?