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World No Tobacco Day Crafts

Fri May 31, 2013, 9:28 AM
May 31st is International World No Tobacco Day as celebrated by the World Health Organization (WHO). Each year it's estimated that 6 million people die from smoking, and 600 000 from second hand smoke (source). I found lots of interesting and thoughtful crafts related to the evils of smoking, so I wanted to share them with you. Also, please don't forget to check out The Make Ugly Contest, the aim mis revealing the ugliest truths about tobacco, and the amazing prizes can't hurt :lol: yes it accepts crafts!

Please share your story with smoke in the comments below. What you do with your body is your own business, but if you must smoke please consider second hand smokers; In no way I'm attacking smokers but rather inviting them to quit, and telling everyone else to get away from it as far as possible XD

Lungs - Healthy and Smokers by TipsyMcBoozerton
 Smoking - Skull Earrings by Tattooed-Gumballdeath sticks pendant. by triscuitbox
Lungtray by p00p13-p13
Too Much Information Ash Tray by WolfvixynRelief tile by lonely-moonlit-sky
Lungs...Little Heart - cutout by scrufidogDeath Sticks-R.I.P. Cigarettes by snooperj
THE INSIDER - Cigarette Movie Pack by edgarascensaoSmoking Kills Plushie by Opheliac-In-MeIt'll Kill Ya by Patteee
Anti-Public Smoking Stamp by AWishingStarStampsAnti Smoking Stamp. by lovehorses14Smoking Stamp by Marahuta

Quotes shared by Erladino

“Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life.”
― Brooke Shields

“There was a young lady named Mae Who smoked without stopping all day; As pack followed pack, Her lungs first turned black, And eventually rotted away.”
― Edward Gorey, Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey & Peter F. Neumeyer

Mark Twain
“Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times.”
― Mark Twain

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I could tell you a million tales of growing up around pack-a-day smokers. Every adult in my family and their circle of friends smoked (some of their children followed). My parents, when my mother was pregnant and after we were born, did not alter their frequency of smoking. My sister is a severe asthmatic, I got bouts of it extremely randomly.

There's the health side effects. My dad has had to have two stents and 3 angiograms in the last couple years due to blocked arteries and a succession of heart attacks. He quit after the first stent, but the damage has been done. My mother used to criticise her fiancÚ for needing to regularly use an asthma pump after smoking, and now she does too, with no intentions of quitting. She's losing all her teeth due to a gum disease right now. It began when she was 35. I can hear next door's smokers cough from inside by bedroom right now.

Then there's the social side. In high school a friend's mother hated me because she was convinced I was 'corrupting' her daughter and making her smoke, when the smell of the clothes was a product of the second hand smoke in my house. Cameron is severely affected by the smell of smoke and both parents in each of their houses refused to alter their smoking habits around him when we started dating. As a kid I could never do things because we couldn't afford anything, but cigarettes (and beer, but that's another story) were always afforded preference before paying the utilities. There were times we had no gas, or electricity, or water, but the addiction was always fuelled. My dad rented a small house behind the house of his girlfriend and her family when we were little and we'd stay on weekends -- he'd go over to smoke with them on a regular basis and I remember as a kid thinking, 'I can't wait until I'm old enough to smoke so I can join them,' before mentally slapping myself over the head for thinking something so stupid. But there's that exclusion that affects so many social relationships between smokers and non. Do you join them and suffer second hand smoke, or avoid it and feel excluded? In fact, one of the reasons I no longer speak to my mother is because I asked her to not scrape her cigarettes on my porch to put them out, or at least if she did could she clean the streaks of ash -- she blew up in a defensive rage over it.

We painted the house I now live in when we first moved in 12 years ago: my bedroom and the lounge got the same blue colour. The lounge steadily became noticeably grubbier looking that my room, but it wasn't until after my mum moved out we took down the picture frames in the lounge and discovered they huge contrast. The room is now a sick green colour with random rectangles of the former blue. No amount of scrubbing with sugar soap. The arms of the couches where mum would rest her hand when smoking are dark brown. Cameron says, 3 years later, that he can still smell the smoke in the house. If the house looks like that, I shudder to think what the inside of her lungs looks like. Or mine, for that matter.

And that tl;dr it just the tip of the iceberg of reasons why I have never, and will never, smoke.
danlayton Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I found this on tumblr: [link] [link]
It might be graphic to some people but I kind of like it..
MayEbony Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I smoked from age 13 to 22. Can't believe I ever did that :faint: Can't say that I *like* the crafts above, but they sure get the message across and that's very important. It saddens me deeply to see people smoking because of the damage they're doing to themselves. And it sickens me deeply when people smoke upwind from me - particularly when I've paid good money for a lovely meal out :( I respect everyone's right to smoke, but they also need to keep their part of the bargain and respect my right to breath clean air. Well, that's what I think anyway.
lintu47 Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    I quit 7 months ago after 7 years without gums or anything at all and i feel better now.

    A strong will is your best ally in this process! (also the support of your loved ones) :heart:
I used to smoke. It's actually hard to imagine myself being a smoker now! I quit 6 years ago with the help of the gum. I was so scared when I had my last pack but it wasn't hard at all. I had some cravings now and then for about 2 years after but they went away too.

Now when I'm in the vicinity of a smoker, the smell is SO STRONG. It doesn't make me sick or anything like some people but it certainly isn't a pleasant experience. Smokers are just not aware of how much they reek. I never was. After I quit I had to throw away so many things because I couldn't get rid of the stale smoke smell :( Of course, all the money I saved from not buying cigarettes made replacing things easier :giggle:
SavageFrog May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My uncle quit after 30+ years but the damage had already been done; he died from lung cancer last year & it was less than a peaceful passing. It's something I'd never wish upon anyone even my worst enemies.
Talty Jun 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I'm sorry for your uncle, sounds really awful :(
SavageFrog Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's pretty depressing.
AliaBierwag May 31, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for posting this. My husband is a smoker, but is trying to quit. He bought one of those electric vapor cigarettes to smoke instead, but since I didn't make him smoke it outside (because it's just water vapor), he smoked it much more than usual and ended up getting nicotine poisoning and had to have the paramedics called. :no: There are so many side effects to nicotine that I never realized.
He's getting better now and has decided to cut out all nicotine all together. He's also put a hold on drinking caffeine and alcohol to give his body a break, and now he looks 5 years younger. :D
Talty May 31, 2013   Artisan Crafter
oooh I didn't know those things could cause nicotine poisoning, they are usually marketed as being safe x.x thank you so much for sharing, it must have been scary I'm sorry it happened :( but I'm glad he's making it, good luck to you too! :love:
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