Friday, June 24, 2011

Look, Smoking Does Kill

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I don't know about you, but if I saw a picture of a guy with a hole in his neck and holding a cigarette on my own pack of smokes I would probably quit right there.

That’s exactly the reaction the Food and Drug Administration is trying to stir up since they released nine new labels for cigarette packs that aim to show the dangers of smoking. The intense images show such things as a diseased lung, a smoker wearing an oxygen mask and an emaciated cancer patient. But more than 40 countries around the world already require warnings as graphic as the new U.S. labels, if not more so.

The circulating images are causing a bit of anger and a lot of disgust among American smokers. The truth is, according to the FDA, smoking kills 1200 people a day in the United States alone and many people aren’t aware of that.

"We are so far behind," says Michael Cummings, chair of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Department of Health Behavior. "We're a third world nation when it comes to educating the public on the risks of smoking."

Smoking literally damages nearly every organ of the body. Tobacco has caused more deaths each year than by all deaths from HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.

For the kids who are thinking about starting to smoke, first know that it isn’t cute, it doesn’t make you look cooler, and it just kills. I don’t mean to sound like Nancy Reagan right now, but when it comes to smoking tobacco just say no.

1 comment:

  1. Sooo glad I stopped smoking - How gross are those?!

    xo katie elizabeth


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