You may have gathered from the photo that I have stopped smoking, using the one method that worked for me in the past and it is my own damn-fool fault that I didn’t make it past two and a half years. Yes, there will always be someone suggesting a ciggie would help and no, you have to be on your guard all the time.
I won’t bore you with the details. If you want to know what the pills are and how they work you can see it all here.
This got me into a very interesting discussion with a friend on FB about scare tactics and how they don’t work so I thought I’d share our mutual findings. Any interest group is going to share images because they are so much more effective than mere words. However, the stronger the image, the fewer times the audience can see it before being turned off.
Take, for example the pictures below which are designed to make people think about the effects of smoking:
If you are a smoker, your reaction to the one on the right is probably – OK, OK – I’m not stupid I know…you have already been bombarded with these as much as advertising for books! If you are a non-smoker it probably doesn’t have any shock value because you know too. I know that nobody will have seen the advert on the left because I just created it and it might have an awww factor the first time. That too will lose its charm.
The same is true for the appalling clips of abattoirs with which I will not offend you. Anyone who eats meat knows that it has to come from a previously live animal and to get to their plate it has to go through a process called being killed. They have accepted that and can live with it. Those of us who don’t have made our decisions and don’t need to see something that we find horrific.
Tricky isn’t it? How do we get the message across? Search me, Chief. All I know is that for the two years plus that I wasn’t smoking I felt good. I intend to get back there and cigs can join prescription meds and booze in my “used to, not now” pile. So hand me my halo while I go off to clean the lavatory to remind myself that I am a mere mortal!