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Up In Smoke


Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, January 15, 2001

Lately, there have been many commercials by teenagers on a crusade against smoking. They sight that Big Tobacco companies have targeted underaged smokers by using cartoon mascots, supporting high school sporting events, and placing advertisements in places where teens frequent. They cite thats why about one out of four highschool students smoke. Of course, as you have figured out I have an opinion on everything...so heres my two cents on Tobacco.

You have to be a very weak soul to fall for tobacco companies antics. If you smoke a cigarette just because you open up a magazine and see a camel lighting up or a cowboy puffing on a cigarette; I want you to put down the paper, stand up, and yell Im a MORON!.

If you just look at a pack of cigarettes it reads, Surgeon Generals Warning: Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and may complicate pregnancy. That is about as forward as a warning can get without just coming out and saying cigarettes will kill you.

Yet, despite all of the warnings against smoking, 6000 adolescents smoke their first cigarette everyday. A few ways that they pick up the habit are that their parents smoke, peer pressure, and the image that smoking makes you look older and cool. Of course I never knew that cool meant lung and throat cancer along with other respiratory diseases before the age of 30.

It seems as if smoking and anti-smoking has worked itself into the spotlight of pop-culture. I was watching Sportscenter on ESPN one morning before school, and throughout the hour long program there were seven anti-cigarette ads from thetruth.com. The truth.com is an internet website where they post facts about Big Tobacco and form public events against smoking. The commercials ranged from teenagers reading direct quotes from tobacco company memos and newsletters; to people attaching body bags to horses ending the commercial with the words What if cigarette ads told the Truth? My question to the people who make those ads is, why? What are those ads going to do? Will watching those ads suddenly make the 4.5 million American teenagers who smoke quit? Absolutely not, if they still smoke even though they know the hazards, a few stupid commercials will not convince them.

I do not smoke. The reason I dont smoke isnt because of pointless commercials by thetruth.com, I dont smoke because the label basically says cigarettes will kill you. I believe that .....
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Winter Birds

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, January 22, 2000

January 1, 2001: We hear birds singing and see activity in fir trees as we drive slowly past a farm bordering the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Dana Gardner and I are participating in the Whitewater Christ ..... 
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Whats In A Name?

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

While it may not have mattered much to Romeos Juliet, names are of paramount importance to those working in the biological sciences. Naturally, in the absence of names a discussion on virtually any topic would prove at ..... 
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Escape from America

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess Im a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like its going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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Rural Free Delivery

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, January 15, 2001

When it is seventeen minutes past noon, it is time for us to get the mail. Most of the time we can set our clocks by our mail delivery person who is very punctual. I once commented to him regarding his remarkable punct ..... 
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Chicken Run

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, January 22, 2000

Its hard being brave when youre a chicken.
~from the movie Chicken Run

I am not much of a golfer. I rationalize my poor scores with the notion that I am involved in too many other activities to dev ..... 
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