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    I think this campaign would have positively influenced my decision to quit had it been around when I was smoking. I was a fairly heavy smoker for a few years, freaked out by my addiction (and only vice) and worried about my health. These pictures probably wouldn't have made me quit on the spot but would have given me yet another good reason to give them up. Thank God cigarettes are behind me. Still miss them on occasion, but life is better without them.

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    Since the imposition of FSC cigarettes, I'm rolling my own.

    Don't give a shit about their propaganda pics.

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    We've had pictures like that on tobacco products here for years.

    They probably won't stop smokers who are already addicted - but I think it's likely they'll stop a lot of new, younger potential smokers before they have the chance to develop a smoking habit. The vast majority of my friends don't smoke - so all the campaigns to educate the public and all the icky ads on TV etc must be at least somewhat effective.

    Also, in Australia, it'll illegal to smoke in shops, restaurants, nightclubs, pubs, bars, casinos, public transport, workplaces... you can't smoke with kids under 16 in the car either. Making it harder to smoke helps stop the habit from forming or worsening, too. It's also easier for people who are in the process of quitting if they're not being taunted by their cravings everywhere they go.

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    I quit after reading 'The Easy Way to Stop Smoking'. It was the worst book ever but somehow hypnotised me and I stopped. I'll have one every so often when I'm drunk but that book somehow got to me, and not through scare tactics. It's hard to explain how or why it worked but somehow it did and I know a lot of people who quit with that book as well.

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    ^^I quit with that book too! It's the best. But of course, nobody believes me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L1049 View Post
    For some reason, the impotence one makes me laugh everytime I see it.
    Me too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    ^^I quit with that book too! It's the best. But of course, nobody believes me.
    Weird how it worked, eh? I was given it by my SIL who quit with it and I was quite sceptical, smoking away while I read it but stopped and started a couple of times while I slowly (very slowly) made my way through it and by the time I finished I didn't want to smoke anymore. Like I said, I still falter sometimes when drinking but otherwise I've kicked the evil weed. Highly recommend it to anyone who smokes. Even if you don't want to quit you probably will by the time you finish it.
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    ^^I think you have to want to quit. I gave the book to two smokers (in my family). They read it and have kept smoking, claiming they had too much stress to consider quitting. The thing is, the method in the book is a pretty much stress free way of quitting cold turkey. I was mildly uncomfortable the first day but by the end of the week I felt that I had quit for good and have never looked back. At the 3 month mark, I had a heavy smoker living with me and I never once considered picking up a fag. That's a powerful testimonial for this book.

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    Agree. If I'm around smokers I just am sort of meh. It's only when the evil booze takes hold that I falter. Luckily that doesn't happen more than once or twice a year so I'm ok with it.
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    A selection of some of the ones from the UK. At work we call no.2 'Sunbed man' and no.3 'Redneck' ...not because of his neck but because of his godawful tache. He looks like he's out of Deliverance or something.

    I smoke, these pictures don't entice me to give up. I do want to quit. Perhaps I should get that Alan Carr book.

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    Get the book. It's not a great read but do what he says.
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    Quote Originally Posted by *DIVA! View Post
    As a former smoker, this will not work. It's an addiction. If cigarettes can cost $7.00 a pack and people are still smoking 2 and 3 packs a day... Another solution is needed!! LIKE FREE MEDS!! Treat smokers to Cigarettes anonymous!!

    Cigs are hovering around $10 a pack in NYC and expected to go up again shortly. I bitched at $5, at $7.50 and I bitch at $10 but I still smoke. Even after watching my grandmother die from lung cancer. NYC had a program giving out free patches and/or nicotine gum. IIRC, the number of people who took adavantage of it was great but the results barely nominal.

    Growing up, both my parents smoked, all my aunts and uncles, all my grandparents. Most have since quit and all have said you must want to quit, really want it or it's not going to work. My uncle recently started smoking again after 15 years.

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    And how long will it be before parents get up in arms and force the companies to cover the ads like they do for suggestive mens magazines and High Times? I predict 6 months.

    I can just hear the complaints 'Why should I have shield my children from the wall of gruesome cigarette packages behind every counter in every gas station?'

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    I was lucky that after 12 years of smoking, I was able to just give it up one day. As I was getting older, I realized the health choices I made at that point could affect the rest of my life. The fear of what I was doing to my health was enough of a motivator for me - I'm too much of a hypochondriac. It's been 21 years and I haven't touched one since. I have a much harder time with my chocolate addiction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cali View Post
    And how long will it be before parents get up in arms and force the companies to cover the ads like they do for suggestive mens magazines and High Times? I predict 6 months.

    I can just hear the complaints 'Why should I have shield my children from the wall of gruesome cigarette packages behind every counter in every gas station?'
    Here in the uk they're only on one side. They don't show the pics when they're on display.

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