Would gruesome images stop you from smoking?

United States
August 27, 2009 6:56pm CST
According to this new news article that I just saw on MSN, there are plans to enact a new way to try and discourage people from stopping smoking. They plan to put gruesome images on cigarette packs of people breathing through trach tubes, black lungs and bleeding brains. You can read more about it here: http://health.msn.com/health-topics/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100244066>1=31020 So what do you think? If you're a smoker would this make you quit smoking if you had to stare at gross things everytime you bought pack? Non-smokers what do you think? Will this work??
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• United States
28 Aug 09
Well, they've raised the prices and that didn't help either. I do smoke, wish I could quit and I can honestly say it is one of the worst addictions there is. It's horrible, I've tried to quit a few times. I don't know if the images will bother me or not, can't say off hand. Hopefully, it will work.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
28 Aug 09
Tsk, tsk, tsk...OMG--YOU smoke Kashermeresmycat? Heehee..well so do I and like you I've tried to quit...without success
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• United States
28 Aug 09
Yeh Pye, since I was 14 and you KNOW that's a long time!, lol! I'd still like to quit but can't at this time.
• United States
28 Aug 09
Oh trust me, I tried the cheaper brands and coughed my head off for too long. Then the cheaper one's went up in price and I went back to my regular brand which are now $4.69 a pack so far. My Father smoked but my Mother didn't, so I don't know. My oldest daughter does not smoke but my youngest one does. Go figure. My older one started too when she was a teen but then quit, started up again a few years later, then quit again. She was the type that could just stop cold, and she did. And I'm glad. Now if I could just get my youngest one too quit, I'd be a happy Mama .
@kb5000 (110)
• United States
28 Aug 09
i dont think it will stop anyone. nicotine didnt help it made it worse.
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@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
28 Aug 09
yes and I am afraid to look at my lungs or take an X-ray of them. I love to smoke and think I'm too old and helpless to try to stop. So, I'm smoking and when I die I'll forget I ever did that.
28 Aug 09
Theyve been doing this here in the UK for some while now and if im totally honest i dont think it is making much of a difference at all. The pictures are shocking enough, plus its the same with everything, if you dont want to give something up no amount of pushing will make you do so.
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@cupkitties (7507)
• United States
28 Aug 09
Nope. I had been told several stories of lung cancer and seen gross pictures galore and I still smoked. I've been quit for a few good years now but that was mostly because I of vanity reason. Yep I said it. I have a certain member of my family that smoked for years and this person is like 40 something and looks friggin 80 years old from all those years of cigs. Also I kind of enjoy my hair to stay smelling nice after I wash it and not like an ash tray.
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@psycospaz (320)
• United States
28 Aug 09
I am a smoker and naw... It wouldn't work on me. Basically because I don't pay attention. When I buy my smokes I run in and get them, then I am out. No chit chat no nothing like that. However I do think it is a good idea to stop more people from smoking. I can't be the only one who doesn't pay attention to advertsiments, right?
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@Wizzywig (7859)
28 Aug 09
I've never been a smoker so I consider myself lucky to not have to go through trying to give up. I have seen people with chronic respiratory problems who have lost limbs get out of their hospital beds into their wheelchairs to sneak outside to smoke even though, a few hours later they will have suction tubes down their throats... and then go out for another smoke later, so I dont think pictures on packets will make any difference to 'hardened' smokers. They were showing films of lung operations on smokers to school children back in the 1970's.... The same goes for other conditions/addictions. We all know that we shouldn't eat as much fat/sugar and what the consequences could be - maybe its the 'it wont happen to me' philosophy? I think it'll be more effective in preventing people from starting smoking than in stopping those who already smoke.
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• United States
28 Aug 09
Ido not smoke, but my husband does. I think this is a great idea. I honestly think that more youth are not smoking than before. At least where I live I have noticed this. I work with a lot of youth, and many of them are not interested in smoking. I know it is a very hard addiction to overcome. But anything that the media can do to help make this more unattarctive, the better.
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• Canada
2 Sep 09
I never started smoking in the first place, so this does not apply to me. I can say that they did prevent me from starting, them and a lot of other things. I know a lot of die hard smokers, and these images have not moved them one little bit towards quitting. It wasn't until they started becoming ill did they eventually quit, and some who have not become ill yet still continue to smoke.
• Canada
2 Sep 09
I never started smoking in the first place, so this does not apply to me. I can say that they did prevent me from starting, them and a lot of other things. I know a lot of die hard smokers, and these images have not moved them one little bit towards quitting. It wasn't until they started becoming ill did they eventually quit, and some who have not become ill yet still continue to smoke.
• Philippines
28 Aug 09
Well I don't know about that but I would really like my father to stop smoking.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
28 Aug 09
My hubby smokes and I pretty much doubt it would work..they would just probably ignore it or hide the photo to keep from having to look at it after purchasing stuff like that won't stop a true blue smoker..