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Tom Toles

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  1. formally known as doc white

    formally known as doc white said, about 3 years ago

    They have always been under the tent. Thay will alway be.

  2. Ira Nayman

    Ira Nayman said, about 3 years ago

    And, remember: when the 63 year-old dies of lung cancer, it will be his own fault for starting to smoke at the age of seven!

  3. lontooni

    lontooni said, about 3 years ago

    Bubble gum cigars – yumm. i remember them. they did not lead to tobacco, but I know what the intent was. Guess they can’t hook us all!

  4. lontooni

    lontooni said, about 3 years ago

    That camel guy never appealed to me either. He reminded me of our Priest – disgusting.

  5. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, about 3 years ago

    Never smoked because Joe Camel or Marlboro man made it cool. We smoked because we had that cool uncle or older cousin who did. In middle school we used to smoke New Ports before school started. The other two brands sucked. Did it for one semester and quit. Hated the smell it left on my clothes and all the teachers telling me to stop smoking.


    But don’t think for a minute that some of us weren’t influenced by those cartoon ads to smoke. Had two friends in elementary school (sixth grade) who admitted to smoking because of Joe Camel. Everyone in my class knew who he was. I still remember that 75 years and still smoking shirt one of my uncles used to wear.

  6. phuh knees

    phuh knees said, about 3 years ago

    Joe Camel’s a dick.

  7. SaltWaterCroc

    SaltWaterCroc said, about 3 years ago

    Since smoking removes over 400,000 people from the gene pool annually, one would think it would be outlawed. But money talks, and corporations are people too…

  8. Henry Smith

    Henry Smith said, about 3 years ago

    @SaltWaterCroc

    If corporations are people, I’m waiting to see a few of them die of lung cancer.

  9. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 3 years ago

    @Grainbelt

    And your point is what? That we should all start smoking when we’re five?

  10. tcity

    tcity said, about 3 years ago

    “candy flavored’ is misleading, just like those ’truth’’ commercials that said “children’s flavors” .
    Adults also like flavor.
    Come to think of it, why are there never any rallying against ‘big alcohol’ for ’children’s flavors’?
    The latest booze fad flavors – Birthday cake & whipped cream vodkas.

  11. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @tcity

    “Come to think of it, why are there never any rallying against ‘big alcohol’ for ’children’s flavors’?”


    There have been. “Hard” lemonades, pre-mixed Jack-and-Cokes or Mudslides… These have been taken off the shelves in some places, because it turned out most of the people drinking them were kids. Of course, liquor laws are mostly under state control rather than Federal, so perhaps they’ve escaped your notice. But on the subject of marketing to kiddies, Spuds McKenzie was relegated to the same fate as Joe Camel, for the same reasons.


    On the question of cigars vs cigarettes, the occasional cigar probably won’t kill you. But it might. A two-pack-a-day cigarette habit will probably kill you. But it might not. Dipping snuff might result in having your jaw surgically removed, and it might not. Anecdotal evidence, either way, isn’t very persuasive.

  12. DenverMosaic

    DenverMosaic said, about 3 years ago

    ^ The detrimental health effect of tobacco products isn’t anecdotal, it’s factual.

  13. tcity

    tcity said, about 3 years ago

    @fritzoid

    I work at a liquor store part time for a second source of income. I would say at least 70% of everything in there (except beer) is ‘candy’ flavored. Cake, whipped cream, caramel apple, orange cream, blue raspberry, choco-wine, etc… the schnapps aisle is basically candy row. The latest trend in bourbon is infusing honey and cherry flavors. The hard lemonades, and others you mentioned are readily available (here anyway).
    I personally feel that there should be NO restrictions on what flavors companies can market for adult products (including cigarettes)
    What I don’t understand why the people that call for government control of tobacco, which they got, don’t get their panties in a twist over the exact same marketing techniques used for alchol. Why no ‘truth’ ads for booze? Why not have a cartoon of someone handing a shotglass into that tent?

  14. tcity

    tcity said, about 3 years ago

    @Eryx

    But they do get exposed to their actions, how many children get abused or neglected because ‘daddys on the drink again’. The horror stories my mother has told me about growing up with an alcoholic father, how when that first drink was finished, the belt would come off.

  15. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, about 3 years ago

    @fritzoid

    The evidence is actually quite strong. It’s hardly new, either; anecdotal evidence goes back to not long after Europeans started smoking; science followed some time after.
    For example, the evidence that pregnant women smoking had lower-birth-weight and “failure to thrive” babies was clear in the 1960s. So was the link to lung cancer.
    As it happens, cigars are linked to mouth and lip cancers (famous example: US Grant) as opposed to lung cancer since you are not supposed to inhale, but given that even secondhand smoke raises your chance to cancer, it’s not really a good thing in any case.
    The evidence is not anecdotal. It’s quite firm. Does that mean occasional people might not die of cancer? Of course. Some people are more resistant to certain carcinogens than others. But even if you get no cancer, tobacco still reduces your body’s ability to process nutrients and absorb oxygen directly. Still not good.

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