Friday, December 7, 2007

Cigarette Ads

If you want to read an article on the controversy behind a new Camel ad, CLICK THIS.

A link to the ad itself is included in the article.

I hope these folks who dispute the validity of modern cig ads remember that cig ads are hardly a factor in kids' decisions to start smoking. IMO, ads never were a factor even when the ads used to be more popular in society. I mean after all, if ads played a factor for real, I would've seen peers smoking more than just Newports and Marlboro Lights from my teen days. One girl at my HS told me "Virginia Slims? YUCK!" The VA Slim ads never motivated her to try that brand!

I remember Joe Camel very well. But Joe Camel never motivated me to start smoking on Camels. As a matter of fact, I never had an interest in Camels.

Seeing family members and peers smoking is what motivated me to try smoking as a teen. None of them ever smoked Camels either. LOL!!!

I've seen ads dealing with MENTHOL Camels before too....the cigarette flavor I prefer. But I'm not gonna try Camel Menthols just because I saw ads for them.

The Camel ad I saw is very cartoon-like. But it doesn't motivate kids to try smoking in my eyes. Heck, I'm not even motivated to try Camels myself afta seeing the ad!

If you draw a brotha-like guy with a leather jacket on, give him some shades, and put a cig in his mouth, that would be my version of a true cartoon cig ad. Since kids would connect smoking with other thrills in life (such as driving a motorcycle...those 80's Kool ads with motorcycle guys in them were nice).

I know if Big Tobacco is gonna make a cig ad and even if the intent is not to promote smoking to kids, the theme of the ad needs to be related with thrills. Since a lot of young smokers in modern times are also thrill-seekers. Big Tobacco usually has nature-themed ads. Smoking is glamorous...but even the thrill-seeking kids know themselves smoking ain't as bad as the teachers make it sound. As in "I know smoking is cool and a beautiful habit. But give one good reason to at least experiment with this brand other than using a nature-like scene."

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

A mesage from Dave Pickrell on a Congress cig tax increase

Congress wants to increase the federal tax on cigarettes by as much as 156 percent! This will have severe consequences, including the estimated loss of as many 12,000 American jobs, and increased reliance on an unstable tax base.

Please visit this site to see how you can help in this important fight

Monday, December 3, 2007

Smoking is certainly part of my culture

I guess smoking can be a cultural thing with some groups in society. After all, I've mentioned before in here about the different things smokers in my culture do that is normal in my eyes but not normal to others in society.

I do know the smoking bans as well as the other tobacco laws haven't damaged the smokers in my culture. I do notice in recent years, I've seen more smokers walking in the streets with cigars. Cigars are cheaper than cigs. And instead of quitting, those fellow smokers simply switch to the cigars.

But we'll see how long that lasts. Since antis want to see cigars heavily taxed too. I actually dunno how the state ban will effect Chicago, since Chicago already has a local ban. I still expect to see underage smokers in the streets in my area, as well as people selling packs illegally. Based on the environment I live in, it's even easy for me to forget about the local ban. But an anti might actually have a heart attack at seeing my environment. hee hee

One change I expect to see are smokers getting outraged when smoke cops pay a visit to taverns violating the state ban....since 2008 will be the first year of smoke-free taverns in Chicago.

I'm actually more interested in seeing if the beach ban will be enforced. Because with so many smoking bans the cops will try to enforce in Chicago, they might forget about the more important issues in the city.

One of those more important issues is related with this time of the year....with the holidays and crowded stores. When people go into stores and try to get away with lifting stuff. I'd be more concerned about a lifter in a store instead of a person smoking a cig in that same store...depending on the store, I hear a voice that yells out "NO SMOKING IN THE STORE PLEASE!" And the person keeps saying those words til the smoker puts out the cig. Then the voice says "THANK YOU!" This usually happens in big hardware stores/stores similar to Walmart.

"Please" is the right word! You need to be focusing more on people putting stuff in their pockets instead of focusing on one person smoking. But I guess it's not always easy to identify a lifter on cam since they're fast and they're actually not smoking. hee hee

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Random Thoughts

Seems like in modern times, more people hate smelling cig smoke, let alone cigar smoke too. Some people think smokers are supposed to look filthy as well. I've been told before I don't look like a smoker.

How is a smoker supposed to look? I've seen lots of pretty-looking women who smoke. And the men I've seen smoke seem to keep themselves clean.

It cracks me up to see people in public waving their hands in front of their faces as they walk past smokers. I dunno what's so stinking about the smell of tobacco smoke. I have smelled thangs that REALLY stink. If nonsmokers think the smell of that SHS stinks, they oughta try taking a whiff of the inside of a trash can! Neva mind the fumes coming out of a truck.

Oh, how about the smell of a public restroom that's not kept clean at all times? That "second-hand bathroom odor" might make you pass out if you ain't careful!

Most people don't want visitors smoking in their own homes. I wouldn't smoke in their homes anywya because I won't bother visiting them. But people are welcome to smoke to their heart's content in my home. They don't have to worry about ME waiving my hands or making fake coughs.

It's funny nonsmokers will snitch about the smell of SHS. But they don't say anythang when walking past a trash can or trash dump. I guess trash odor is OK since inhaling the odor smell won't kill you? Please! With all due respect to this brainwashed society, I'd ratha smell a room with lots of SHS in it instead of a trash can or a trash dump.