Tired of elections being between the lesser of two evils.When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. -Socrates
I've noticed that since cigarette companies were banned from advertising there have been a lot more laws put into effect regarding cigarettes. Mainly because they are not allowed to advertise I would bet. I like how alcohol companies advertise. "Be Responsible" has become thier mantra really. Why couldn't cigarette companies do the same? Basically since they can't defend themselves through advertising and all we are seeing are the advertisements designed to tear them down...well smoking cigarettes is being phased out.
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My mind and my heart are saying I'm in my twenties. My body is pointing at my mind and heart and laughing its ass off. ~ Kal'Stang
There are actual health benefits to moderate alcohol consumption, unlike cigarettes where any minuscule health benefits claimed by proponents are vastly overshadowed by the dangers to health. You can smoke one pack of cigarettes and the tar lodged in your lungs could trigger mutation even 10 years later. There is no "safe dose" for cigarette smoking. There aren't thousands of known poisons in beer that are deliberately added to increase addiction. I fully support regulating tobacco as well as bans on public smoking. Cigarettes are a danger to society even more so than 100 years ago because of how they are formulated. Even if people were just smoking plain tobacco leaves like they used to, I would have much less of a problem with that than I do manufactured cigarettes.
Alcohol in small doses (like one beer or a glass of wine with supper) has some benefits to the body. One reason is that you are introducing a small amount of a foreign toxin into the body. Your liver reacts by purging it, but in doing so it also purges other stored toxins through urination and bile. Alcohol in small doses basically kicks your body's detoxing process into high gear. So the net effect is that your body is less toxic. If you get hammered, then you are doing more damage to your body and the net risk is much higher, such as to your liver and brain.
My main problem with alcohol advertising is that it focuses a lot on the partying aspect of drinking, which involves excess that hurts your body. We don't often see commercials that show couples sitting down to dinner and having a beer or glass or wine (which is actually quite romantic!), or drinking in a more casual way. We only see the party aspect because it encourages people to consume more which means they buy more, and as a side effect, party culture and drinking have become synonymous.
I disagree that advertising only boils down to private ventures and personal choices. Even if you don't drink, advertising affects society and culture. In the 1950's doctors were prescribing cigarettes for sore throats and for women that tended to give birth to large babies (nicotine stunts fetal growth). It was considered the norm for men to smoke and it was very pervasive. Once the tobacco industry was debunked and the proof became widespread, smoking declined sharply, and part of that is that advertising cigarettes was illegalized. Thanks to that, my generation is free of the notion that "real men smoke", and I don't have to risk cancer to gain social acceptance.
I agree with this illegalization for the health of society, but alcohol is less certain.
Last edited by Orion; 07-29-10 at 06:55 PM.
Mute is one of man's greatest inventions.
Those who do watch the commercials...I have no sympathy; do need to "get a life"..
Marajuana will end up being promoted on TV.....But I detest all advertising anyway; I'd like to see more PBS and PCN and C-Span and less commercial TV.
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Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
If you don't want your kid exposed to sex on TV, they have this wonderful invention called the remote control. It allows you to change the channel or even turned the stinking box off. If you don't want your kid to hear naughty words on the radio, it also comes equipped with this marvelous thing called the on/off switch. If you don't want your children to get involved in booze and smokes at a young age ... here's a radical thought. Talk to your kids about the dangers of alcohol and tobacco use! I know its amazing to think that you can actually take an active role in your child's life and don't have to rely on the government to be an overprotective parent for your kids and the rest of the population.
"What about the children" has got to be one of the most brain dead, knee jerk justifications for policy ever invented. If these people were around during the Reniassance, Michealangelo would've never been allowed to scuplt David, because little Suzy would've seen a ding dong and we can't have that!
Slipping into madness is good for the sake of comparison - Unknown.
My nephew comes to mind. He has good parents. He's in his teens now and thinks he's black. All his friends think they're black. In fact, they give blacks a bad name they are so bad at it.
I KNOW he didn't get it from his parents.
All that being said, keep in mind that I am an old fart and I probably just don't understand.
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Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy" until you can find a gun.
Ofc it should be banned or at the very least restricted.
If I don't get to see my smoking adverts anymore and fast food ads are restricted till after watershed. So should alcohol. I would support a ban on alcohol if it was proposed by Parliament. It is a drug, no more or less harmful than the illegal drugs
Last edited by Laila; 07-29-10 at 11:24 PM.