The Dangers Of Anti Smoking Essay

1017 Words Dec 13th, 2016 5 Pages
8.6 million people in the United States live with a serious illness caused by smoking. 8.6 million people made the conscious decision to start smoking, a highly addictive activity that can lead to cancer, ulcers, and even death (“Tobacco Facts and Figures”). According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette and tobacco companies spent $9.5 billion in the US on advertising alone in the year 2013. But with all of this money being spent towards such a harmful cause, anti-smoking campaigns started airing their own ads in an attempt to show the truth. Many ads depict the cigarettes themselves as weapons: bullets being loaded into guns and razor blades. Their is one specific ad where a hand, whose skin is yellow, is in the shape of a gun holding a lit cigarette between the forefinger and the second finger with the shadow in the back showing a pistol. The common thread between all of the anti smoking ads however, seems to be simple: “Smoking Kills”. Throughout the span of hundreds of years anti smoking advertisements have shown their audiences a glimpse of the harsh reality that smoking causes.
Throughout history, many people, countries, and companies have noticed that there is a connection between smoking and illnesses, and started advertising against smoking. One of the first recorded anti smoking advertisements was in the 1600s by King James I. King James said in his “Counterblaste to Tobacco” that smoking was “‘loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose,…

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