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The Truth pop-up ads(9 posts)

The Truth pop-up adstarwheel
May 22, 2003 5:04 AM
Why would an anti-smoking organization advertise on a cycling website? Just curious. I can't imagine that there are many smokers who frequent this site. It would be pretty difficult to be a smoker and avid cyclist.
You would think so,Tower
May 22, 2003 5:58 AM
but I did see a female cyclist light up at the last rest stop on a charity century last weekend. Answer me that!
The idea is to educate...Fez
May 22, 2003 6:02 AM
Maybe the truth wants to fill EVERYONE in on the "truth" about smoking and its industry.

If their message hits a bunch of nonsmokers on this board, those people will preach it to a bunch more people, smokers and nonsmokers. Maybe someone on this board has a friend or family member who smokes. Now he can pass the word along. Maybe we educated nonsmokers will stop supporting politicians who are friendly to tobacco interests.

I'm sure they target their message to smokers as well.
And smokers may be more willing to listen to non-smokers they are close to than an adTNSquared
May 22, 2003 10:11 AM
After a few aborted attempts, my wife finally quit smoking over a year ago - but only when I got involved and started sharing both my reasons for wanting her to quit as well as my full support. I wouldn't have been able to articulate all those reasons without the information I've learned through different public education campaigns.

After watching her face down many tough challenges over the years, I was amazed just how difficult it was for her to quit. But she did, and now she jogs 4 days a week instead.

Do I mind all the Truth pop-ups? Not when I really think about it.
Besides, you must be living in a cave...mtber
May 22, 2003 8:16 AM
if you think that smoking is actually NOT bad for you. Come on, where is the sense of personal responsibility in this country? DO you know who actually received prob 25-40% of the millions of $$ that the cigarette companies paid out? LAWYERS!!! Flame suit on.
OK, I'll take the bait...mdehner
May 22, 2003 2:29 PM
Actually, it's been billions they paid in settlement, and it would have been a bargain at twice the price, in my opinion. Scaredy-cat legislators and milquetoast regulators for years failed to address the tobacco problem, so it finally took litigation (and attorney fees) to get the industry's attention; so be it.

No, I am not a lawyer.
Then make it illegal nm.kinclune
May 22, 2003 8:13 PM
It should be illegal.Matno
May 23, 2003 3:36 AM
At least, as long as the gov't pays for health care it should be. I can't think of very many diseases for which smoking ISN'T a major risk factor. Having worked in hospitals, it's shocking to see how many people are there because of smoking related illnesses. Literally BILLIONS of taxpayer dollars every year go down the drain because people choose to smoke. It's really not fair for non-smokers that tax money is used to pay for health care costs that wouldn't exist but for the stupid (yet voluntary) decision of others to smoke. I realize how hard it is to quit once you've started, but in today's American society, there is simply no excuse for ANYONE to start.

And another pet peeve... If you think the pop-up ads are annoying, how about smokers and littering? I'd be willing to bet that the number of smokers who don't throw their cigarette butts on the ground could be counted on one hand. I regularly see employees at my school toss their butts on the ground even though they're standing 10 feet from a "sand bucket." Almost as mind boggling as how anyone affiliated with medical school would even THINK about smoking. I'm continually amazed at how many of my classmates and doctors who teach us still smoke. Sheer insanity.
it's funny that you mentionstinkfoot247
May 23, 2003 2:58 AM
I just emailed them about how annoyed I am with their pop ups.