Dr. Hayes-Bohanan's Smoke-Free Zone
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|If someone were loose in Boston, killing ten or twenty people
every day, the city would be a virtual police state. Neighborhoods
would be patrolled, people would be locking their doors, and nobody
would venture out in the evenings. Such a killer is loose, of course,
but since it is a well-funded industry with tremendous economic and
political clout, it operates with impunity.
The poster to the left appeared in Hong Kong as part of the effort to combat the international expansion of the tobacco industry. Learn more from The Connection .
I was once in a store with my then-3-year-old daughter when she
reached for a shiny, spinning cigarette display on the counter. The
advertising is for kids, pure and simple. Something has to be done. Of
youngest legal target of cigarette marketing is college-aged
adults, and the efforts seem to be working, according to a JAMA study
This site provides many reasons to quit and information about how the tobacco industry manipulates youth. It includes a grim list of celebrities killed by tobacco.
||I learned about this online community in a
report on NPR's Morning Edition. Tools on the site help
users to calculate how much they have been smoking and how much they
could save by quitting. Most important, thousands of fellow quitters
offer support. Because the community is so big, smokers can find people
at any time of day and who share similar interests and obstacles. (For
example, writers who use cigarettes to get through writer's block can
find other people going through the same thing.)
|About.com (formerly Mining Company) is known as the "Human Internet:" it is similar to Yahoo, but the searches under each subject are managed by an individual expert for that subject. This one of the most compehensive guides available for web pages about smoking.|
|Some activists are getting tired of Big Tobacco having all of the clever ads for kids. The Foundation for a Smokefree America has produced some very good spoofs and other materials on this site.|
|Action on Smoking and Health provides news and links related to smoking and nonsmokers' rights, smoking statistics, quitting smoking, and smoking risks. The ASH web site also has the Ann Landers article that explains how the benefits of quitting begin in just twenty minutes !|
|One evening, I was parked in my car while my wife went
into a convenience store. A woman drove into the spot next to mine. Her
hair was long and blonde, but here hair and skin were so damaged that
even in the dim light, I said to myself: "heavy smoker." Then, with my
car door closed, I was overwhelmed by the odor of cigarette smoke
oozing from her car. She was not even smoking at the time! Definitely
Each year, many tobacco addicts quit for just one day on the Great American Smokeout (GAS), and many of these kick the habit for good. This site from the American Cancer Society includes annual information about GAS and more general information about the many forms of cancer that can be caused by tobacco.
|Smoking is becoming less common in the United States, but it is becoming more common in American movies. Some activists and even Hollywood producer Rob Reiner are starting to put pressure on the industry. It is not possible or desirable to remove all smoking from movies, but the placement is often gratuitous, and obviously related to incentives provided by the tobacco-pushing companies. I first learned of this movement on the March 27 edition of the radio program Here and Now.|
||McADOC (Media Campaign Addressing Drugs on
Campus) PEN is the Bridgewater State College peer education program
focused on alcohol, drugs and other health issues. Visit its web site
to get involved if you are at BSC, or for ideas you can use at your own
campus if you are not.
The cigarette butt issue mentioned above is one of my pet peeves, and I frequently confront people who are doing it. One such encounter gives me encouragement. Long after I had forgotten the particular incident, a student (whom I had not known at the time), told me that he had quit smoking COLD TURKEY when I scolded him for throwing a butt on the ground. He told me that at that moment he realized it was a stupid thing to do, and then thought he should just stop smoking altogether.
So blame him for this web page: he gives me confidence that some people who read it might do so at just the right moment in their lives, and do something about it. Also blame the students who tell me about their efforts to quit. It makes me think that others are interested in doing so.
I know it is not easy.
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