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Topic: Anti-smoking

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,…

Anti-smoking ad leaves you bruised, bloody

It's been too long since we've enjoyed a nice British PSA with needlessly excessive violence. So, here's one. It's an anti-smoking spot from the Birmingham division of the U.K.'s National…

Legacy's mock interviews getting a little old

American Legacy's mock job interviews helped revive its "Truth" campaign. But after viewing these latest iterations, I think the approach has run its course. The drill's become too familiar, with…

Even VH1's Megan turns down Big Tobacco

Pointless celebrity guest appearances: Aren't they a sign that something has jumped the shark? Megan Hauserman, star of VH1's Megan Wants a Millionaire, isn't much of a celeb, so maybe…

Throat-Hole Guy didn't even have it this bad

Here's an amusing parody of the Throat-Hole Guy school of anti-smoking shockvertising. The man here lost his voicebox to cancer, and things went seriously downhill from there. The PSA ends…

Big Tobacco still seeking best and brightest

American Legacy's "Truth" anti-tobacco juggernaut rolls on with new executions from Arnold that expand on the campaign's amusing faux-job-interview format. Above, we get a customer-service role-playing session, with the superbly…

Will self-hating smokers help others to quit?

To explain its latest salvo for the Washington State Department of Health, WongDoody asks: "Amid mounting home foreclosures, worsening unemployment and an ugly healthcare crisis, how do you convince the…

Big Tobacco now hiring in new 'Truth' spots

I've disliked most recent Amercian Legacy "Truth" efforts, as they've gotten more toxic than actual cigarettes. Arnold's latest spots, however, are pleasing by virtue of their simplicity. The tiresome singing…

Magazines are dying, and so are the readers

Vermont agency Kelliher Samets Volk has launched an online magazine, Nikoteen, to help the Vermont Department of Health skewer Big Tobacco's marketing practices. The site is designed to mimic…

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