Anti-Smoking Plans, Good or Bad?

Admittedly, I’m a skeptic and a cynic. Given the amount of people I see sucking down cigarettes, I’d be the first to say anti-smoking campaigns don’t work, but, apparently I’m wrong. According to Reuters, state anti-smoking plans work. Take a look:
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and an independent research institute analyzed data on smoking rates and tobacco control spending in all 50 states from 1995 to 2003.

The advocacy group Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids said the states will spend about $717 million in fiscal year 2008 on tobacco control and smoking cessation programs.

These programs include advertising on the hazards of smoking, school- and community-based anti-smoking efforts, and steps like creating toll-free telephone lines to help people quit.

The study found that the more states spent on programs, the larger the declines they achieved in adult smoking rates, independent of other factors like higher tobacco prices.
Now, we just got to get some more state anti-weed-smoking plans.
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Jayson - January 31, 2008 9:18 AM

More anti smoking plans sure, but not anti weed plans, pot is not laced with nicotine and other toxic additives. Certainly yes, imported or commercial strains may have herbicide or other chemicals applied to them, which might contribute to cancer.

While certainly not "healthy" I think it is a "safer" alternative to smoking, drinking, or for that matter eating a 1/4 pounder from mcdonalds.

chuck - January 31, 2008 10:37 AM

There is a great amount of emphasis on the non-smoking advocacy. I for one can see both sides and do not approve of gov't intervention. Yet, I don't see marijuana as an alternative. I addressed smoking in my post of l/4/08 on

Sara - January 31, 2008 11:02 PM

Sorry Jayson there was an article in the paper about how much more toxins pot smokers get in their lungs. Part of it had to due with the way it is smoked, and no filter and some other factors.

bad smoking - February 29, 2008 6:27 AM

yes budy you the right..From my own experience I discovered that I hate smoking. I hate the way it makes me feel, I hate what it is doing to my body, I hate the fact that I feel guilty for doing it, I hate that I need to plan my daily tasks around my next cigarette, and I really hate that I failed so many times to quit smoking.

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