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Smoking Cessation Images Really Work



Written by Rupert Kircz| Thursday, 22 December 2011| There is 1 comment

showing exactly how an illness affects the body is much more effective

The power of a single image to have more effect than a thousand words is none more apparent than in the images of sick people on cigarette packets - and cigarette companies know this! That is why in many different parts of the world the big tobacco companies have initiated legal action to stop the requirement of these images being printed on every single tobacco packet.

smoking cessation images really work

According to Professor Jim Thrasher from the School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina almost everybody understands that smoking is responsible for many illnesses but actually showing exactly how an illness affects the body in for example the form of mouth cancer is a much more powerful message.

Professor Thrasher who has worked with a team of researchers in Mexico to actually gauge and measure the effectiveness of smoking cessation images said that the image of a man with mouth cancer was probably one of the hardest hitting. Pictures of rotting lungs, people on respirators and funerals also may have a big impact on encouraging people to quit.

Unfortunately writing things like  -Smoking Kills- or -Smoking When Pregnant May Harm Your Baby- has very little impact and becomes almost unnoticeable among regular smokers. At Ukmedix News we have even seen how smokers like to pick up cigarette packets which have the least threatening health warnings because they prefer to live in denial.

Smoking cessation images have been extremely effective in Mexico but have yet to catch on in America because of pressure from the big tobacco companies. Professor Thrasher said that if the U.S. government was serious about bringing down rates of smoking related illness The Supreme Court should decide in favour of legislation allowing these images on all smoking related products. 

Men should also be aware that smoking is a major cause of impotence!

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On January 13, 2012 @ 17:51
Amanda said:
I couldn't agree with you more!
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