Today is the World Health Organization's World No Tobacco Day. As an ex-smoker (it's only been 3 years but it's been a solid 3 years without a single cig. Proud of me?!), I'm not about to start preaching on the evils of smoking but here are some numbers anyway…
Smoking kills 6 million people a year worldwide. SIX MILLION. Another 600,000 die each year from second hand smoke. It has been proven that bans on cigarette advertising is one of the most effective ways of reducing cigarette consumption…and yet only 19 countries (accounting for 6 percent of the world's population) ban tobacco advertising. The tobacco industry routinely exploits these bans by introducing a number of promotional tactics using non-traditional media. Corporate bastards who value dollars ahead of human life.
"This country will not be a permanently good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a reasonably good place for all of us to live in."
-Teddy Roosevelt- Chicago, IL, June 17, 1912