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Topic: Anti-smoking

Look what your very stupid smoking can do

The Foundation for a Smokefree America goes the shock route with spots from The Colony asking people to be considerate and not smoke in public. They show smokers…

Ex-smokers are awkward, dangerous people

I don't really understand where these new "Become an ex" anti-smoking spots (from American Legacy, the NATC, the Ad Council and GSD&M Idea City) are coming from. The…

French ads compare smoking with oral rape

There's an interesting debate going on in Paris about these new anti-smoking ads, which liken teen cigarette addiction to forced oral sex. The images themselves are mildly scandalous,…

Smoker gets old fast in eerie Canadian spot

DDB Toronto goes the horror-movie route with this anti-smoking spot for the Canadian Cancer Society, in which an attractive young woman takes a drag off a fag and…

If smoking kills you, you have to stop killing

Cross some Adult Swim-style visuals with South Park attitude, add a dash of '70 Justice League sensibility, and what do you get? I'd have guessed a stinking mess. Surprise! This…

Monkeys glad you are addicted to cigarettes

Clarity Coverdale Fury puts a memorably literal spin on the old monkey-on-your-back cliché in this Quit Plan anti-smoking spot. Sure, the baboon doesn't tear out that office drone's windpipe, but…

Big Tobacco ad interviewer meets his match

I'd grown weary of American Legacy's fake-job-interview "Truth" spots from Arnold, but the latest iteration, this Web-only clip called "Nostradamus," ranks among the campaign's best. The phony Big Cig exec…

Smokers are weirdos in BecomeAnEx spots

Although its youth-targeted "Truth" anti-smoking ads are better known, American Legacy also has an "Ex" initiative, designed to convert adults who smoke into ex-smokers. GSD&M Idea City has a couple…

Cigarette-butt mosaics reveal smoking's toll

It might seem clichéd to compare deaths caused by smoking to those caused by guns, drugs, poison, fires and suicide. Still, it's not what you do, but how…

Smoking is gay, says new anti-smoking PSA

In what's being billed as the first anti-smoking campaign in history to have any effect whatsoever on teens, this PSA tells them simply that smoking is gay. Yes,…

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