Smoke Free South West campaign

I’ve never been a smoker.

Perhaps this means that I’m missing something, but I don’t think so. It makes you stink, it’s bloody expensive, and it can kill you. None of these are great selling points are they? I’m a creative copywriter, but even I’d have a job spinning that.

What I particularly don’t understand is why people start. What happens in that moment, what goes through an individual’s head, which makes them think ‘Oh, I know, I’ve just come up with a great way to spend all that spare cash and contract lung cancer, I’ll start smoking!’

I just don’t get it.

Obviously there’s more to it than that though, which is why I’m supporting the Smoke Free South West campaign for plain packaging, to try and help prevent children taking up smoking.




  1. 16 July, 2012 / 12:37 pm

    I couldnt agree more with your post. My husband smokes and it really turns me off, i just can’t get my head around it.

    I tried smoking at the age of 14. Me and two friends in the local park. We did it for the following naive and childish reasons…
    It was illegal, and we thought it was cool to break the law.
    The thrill of getting served fags underage, made us feel grown up.
    The secrecy was exciting.
    The thrill of not getting caught.
    Social acceptability from peers, we all thought we looked cool.

    I gave up after a few months purely because I didn’t see the point anymore.

    I think the only way we are going to stop kids from trying it and taking up the habit, is if there is some way of changing their attitudes. Smoking would need to make them seriously uncool and unpopular. Why don’t kids notice that it smells terrible, ruins your skin and nails etc? A lot of teenagers image are conscious so perhaps smoking should be portrayed as ugly instead of naughty?

    Plain packaging is a step in the right direction but i think its going to take a lot more to change the mindset of todays headstrong youths.

    Great post and well done on bringing up such an important issue. Xx

  2. 20 July, 2012 / 11:14 am

    i am a smoker and wish I could give up but at the minute my head is not in the right place to have another attempt but going back to why kids start it is always the same one kid does it encourages another then peer pressure and the snowball effect. My daughter is nineteen does not and never has smoked although she has told me which so called friends tried to pressure her to, what never ceased to amaze me was the money these kids got that allowed them to buy cigarettes a few usually got ten pounds a day dinner money….enough to keep a pound a day on one side for the weekends cigs! but I think if you want to get kids to rethink it the health issues won’t do it they all believe they are immortal you have to add up the pound and pennies and put it into monetary terms 10 a day over a year is over £1200 ask them to set firse to that in one go they would think you are mad so maybe the way to go is explaining what they could buy by just saving those few pounds a day

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