Monday, January 28, 2013

When only the best will do

Would you local people agree with me that the people used in giving up smoking tv commercials by using a nicotine substitute, are generally very average looking people?

Now I could not possibly know better than advertising companies, but I recall cigarette advertising used glamorous and successful people, and international lifestyle. Wouldn't it be better to use such people to encourage people to give up smoking?

The urbane Stuart Wagstaff for Benson and Hedges, when only the best will do.

Peter Stuyvesant, your passport to international smoking pleasure.

Games show host Tony Barber whistling for Cambridge cigarettes.

The fresh taste of Alpine, showing what was perhaps a European ski field, clean and white.

Comedian Paul Hogan, anyhow, have a Winfield.



Medical authorities warn that smoking is a health hazard, and I warn it is a litter hazard. I snapped this photo at the Domain Interchange (tram). It is to be rebuilt over Easter so I guess this problem will then be much reduced.

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  1. Interesting never smoked so can't understand the addiction really - in the 70's everyone seemed to smoke and all the smoke would be blown up my end of the table it seemed

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    1. MC, the seventies were when people used to smoke in the supermarket, department stores, in cars with kids, yet, I never noticed it. Now, hmm, I can smell cigarette smoke in the street and I look around to see who is smoking.

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  2. That littering is a disgrace. Do they do the same in their own backyard?
    Does the tram stop not have "butt" bins? We have them here attached to the street rubbish bins, people stub out their ciggies and the butt goes into the little bins. Some people forget to stub out and the bin catches fire. I'll post a photo of one soon.

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    1. River, a phrase I don't think I have ever written before, but this is the rub. You are not allowed to smoke under a public transport shelter in Victoria, so people stand back behind the shelter to smoke. Unfortunately the bins are under the shelter, so, it is a case of well meaning legislation that wasn't quite thought through. As I said, it will all change come the new interchange. I have seen our fire brigade do a full on performance to put out a smoking rubbish bin. Nonsense.

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  3. Okay, you prompted me to go in search of anti-smoking ads. Some from overseas are amusing. The local approach seems a bit "grim reaper" to me, and unlikely to engage.
    You make a good point, Andrew. Cool sophisticates one can respect would probably work better.

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    1. FC, I think our local ads are so low key, they fail to work, and not 'grim reaper'. I did try to think of someone who could be glam and dis smoking and the best I got to was Judi Dench saying, don't be a tosser like me and smoke all your life', especially given her husband died of lung cancer.

      But Judi Dench won't work for the younguns.

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  4. Gee, that ad takes me back. When I was a young'un I was a Winnie Red girl. Hard to imagine now...

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  5. I noticed the 'averageness' too, as though they're too dumb or ugly to know how to stop smoking. Using Warnie a few years ago didn't help the quit smoking cause either.

    ....maybe nobody glamorous wants to be associated with being unable to quit such an addictive habit?

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    1. Kath, Warnie was a disaster, wasn't he. OK, how about someone respected. Dame Judith Dench, except as far as I know she still smokes.

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  6. Some git smoked and chucked 3 butts at the bottom of my front steps. Actually that git is the bogan sister of my neighbour, always know when she's visiting due to her nasal screech and ciggy smoke aroma.

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    1. Lol Fen, nasal screech. I can imagine.

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    2. You have a valid point Andrew, the anti ads could definitely do with some 'glamming up'. I awoke this morning to the good news that smoking has been banned in the malls in the city now..yay!!

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    3. Grace, I think they be glammed up to be more effective.

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