Smoke or Beat Your Wife


<– Who knows what he might do if the didn’t have this smoke!

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.


 If you smoke you might take your life


   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?

  1. Be careful when it comes to media. While I will not deny that cigarette smoke is unpleasant for other people to have to inhale. My own research regarding the issues related to health contradict popular belief. The surgeon generals report couldn’t even prove any link between health issues and smoking, nor through countless other tests and studies have they ever been able to prove second hand smoke holds any danger what so ever.

    I’m not here to convince anyone that anti-smoking is wrong or should be stopped, however I wouldn’t blindly put faith in organizations that are provided funding specifically to push such a message.

    Has supplied ANY “Facts” that they can substantiate with research or tests?

    I am not defending Big Tobacco either, corporations are there to make money any way they are able to, so no I don’t think they are innocent, in fact their marketing was deplorable in the past decades.

    However ask yourself this. How is it that the percentage of smokers has drastically dropped over the past decade yet the percentage of cancer (lung included) has risen? Or how other nations (Japan and China) have a much higher percentage of smokers and a MUCH lower percentage of cancer?

    I just hope people take the time to do their own digging for the truth rather than be blindly led by organizations who’s only goal is to maintain their government funding.

    • Wizzy Jr.
    • October 31st, 2008

    Cigarettes are basically what Weed and Liquor is to some people: Stress Reliever, ya dig? You’ve might have heard this a thousand times, but it’s TRUE. It is addictive and there are many reasons why folks start. Everybody’s answer to why is obviously different and even though folks know it’s bad for them, they still do it anyway, just like folks know that weed fucks up your braincells and liquor fucks up your liver. It’s wrong but it FEELS so right…and that’s speaking as a smoker. Those who don’t smoke wouldn’t understand. Still, even though it’s a disgusting habit, it’s hard to let go.

    Now regarding the smoking bands, it doesn’t bother me at all. I can do it anytime and If I need it bad enough, I’ll just go somewhere where I CAN smoke and do it. Now, folks have tried to tell me to put cigarettes out in MY house. You already know what happened to them.

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