Advertising on Lucky Strike cigarettes poster says, “20,679 Physicians say ‘Luckies are less irritating’ and ‘It’s toasted’ and ‘Your throat protection against irritation against cough’.”
Smoking looks cool when movie stars do it
This ad reminds me of old movies. Often whenever one of the characters was in distress of some kind, they were offered a shot of brandy to “calm their nerves”. It seemed to be the cure all for everything from mild upset to hysteria to being attacked by killer birds.
Can you believe sane and rational people actually believed this nonsense?
People are easily influenced–especially when it looks like everyone else agrees.
What old ideas do you still have rattling around in your brain that don’t make sense — that never made sense, now that you stop and think about it?
The following is taken from a PDF entitled, “Scene Smoking: Cigarettes, Cinema & the Myth of Cool“:
“Although the behaviors and attitudes of family and friends are the main influences on adolescent decisions to use tobacco, the media—films, television, and the Internet— also influence these decisions.
- Current movie heroes are three to four times more likely to smoke than are people in real life.
- Young people in the United States watch an average of three movies a week, which contain an average of five smoking episodes each, adding up to about 15 exposures to smoking a week. Young people may be exposed to more smoking in movies than in real life.
- A teen whose favorite star smokes is significantly more likely to be a smoker.
- Films depicting tobacco use are increasing and are reinforcing misleading perceptions that smoking is a widespread, socially desirable, and normal behavior, and they fail to convey the long-term consequences of tobacco use.”
What old beliefs and habits do you need to give up?
Everyone has at least one old belief or habit that has served its purpose or is now getting in the way of moving forward. Please share your thoughts on how old habits and beliefs are interrupting your flow. Changing or breaking habits is a difficult process for everyone.