Hey Brother, Can You Spare A Butt?

Smokers!  There has been lots written…lots said….and lots bitched about smokers….but here we are with a new device to help out the discussion…

From Health Commerce News site…..

Electronic cigarettes have recently grabbed the attention of almost every tobacco user in North America. Everywhere you look there’s an internet blog, an ad, or a doctor calling the “e-cigarette” the new healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. But can this clever looking contraption live up to all the hype? Or have we embraced the latest Hollywood trend without real merit or scientific evidence that electronic cigarettes truly are the #1 smoking alternative?

Here are just a few of the outstanding benefits that Prado™ Electronic Cigarettes has been claiming on their website:

  • No tar, tobacco, carbon monoxide, or ash.
  • Get the same amount of nicotine as a regular cigarette.
  • Each cartridge costs less than $2 and is equivalent to an entire pack of cigarettes.
  • You can save over $1,000 each year.
  • You won’t “smell” like a smoker any longer.
  • Different flavors are available.
  • Smoke in many locations that traditionally ban smoking.
  • No more second-hand smoke.

You mean that is a product that will let a smoker actually smoke in public?  Appears to be……so a smoker can smoke in public and save money while doing so?  And this is suppose to help them stop smoking?  Sounds more like an incentive, to me…..

And there is more on the smoking front….

Federal regulators unveiled proposals Wednesday that would place graphic depictions of death and disease on every pack of cigarettes sold in the United States.

The proposed new labels would occupy the top half of a cigarette pack and 20 percent of advertisements with such admonitions as “Tobacco Smoke Can Harm Your Children,” “Cigarettes cause cancer” and “Smoking Can Kill You.”

The words are accompanied by graphic images, including one featuring a corpse with his chest stitched up. Other images show headstones, a lip cracked by a cancerous ulcer, and a woman exhaling smoke into the face of an infant.

The question now is…will this approach work?  IMO, it will do nothing to make someone quit….look at an ad from the past…..remember the anti-drug ad where the voice shows an egg and says “this is your brain” and then shows a smoking hot pan and they add the egg and say “This is your brain on drugs”…..the only effect this ad had was to increase the income of the Waffle House chain…..this new attack is a waste of money and time……besides there is a new cig that I can smoke in public…..so BITE ME!