Social Smoking? Still Bad for You. {Video}

Via Laura Kutney
on Dec 20, 2013
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by Jill Shropshire

So, I have an admission to make—I used to smoke socially—well, actually more than just socially.

I smoked a pack a day from the sixth grade until I was about 19 years old.

When we were 10 years old, my best friend and I used to stand in front of the grocery store and ask people if they had a dime for the pay-phone, because our parents forgot to pick us up—Liars! We would collect 60 cents and then march across the street to buy cigarettes for 59 cents at the gas station.

Did I know better? Yes, at some point I did. Was that enough to get me to quit? Nope, not until several years after I understood the gravity of the health risks.

Would I kill my own kids if they smoked? No, but I would find out, as I have the nose of a truffle-rooting-pig. And they would be doled out punishments of writing essays on the dangers of smoking. They would also be educated to the max on what the consequences might be if they continued to puff their lives away.

Nicotine is said to be one of the most addictive substances, and I tend to agree. It brings me hope that there is so much more social awareness of this plague, which people consciously choose, than when I was younger. (Well, maybe not by the youngest who are bullied into it via peer pressure.)

Nonetheless, the anti-smoking brigade is getting much cleverer with its advertising against this deadly habit. Here are a couple of the best advertisements that I have seen yet that compare smoking to other social ‘habits’ that could have a comparable affect on others.

These two parodies will be sure to have you laughing, while still getting the point across about the risks of smoking.


The Social Nibbler:


The Social Farter:


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Editor: Rachel Nussbaum

Photo: Jill Shropshire


About Laura Kutney

Laura Kutney was born, raised and still lives in California. Although she studied chemical engineering in college, Laura’s love affair with philosophy and writing started before she can remember. If one could peek inside of her heart, they would find a whirlwind of thoughts and feelings swirling around a collection of words, books, art, music, photos, and most importantly, her closest friends and family and treasured places. Laura often looses herself in thought. This, combined with the fact that life is ever-changing, leaves her with plenty to write about. She can be found here at elephant journal, on her blog (Mosaic Commons) and on Facebook. And also on View Laura Kutney's LinkedIn profile View Laura Kutney's profile


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