Smoking is VERY BAD!


Smoking and Health

I don’t know if you all have heard this: Smoking is VERY BAD for you. You all know that teen nonfiction titles are a particular sore spot with me!  It seems like every kid in the country has to do a report or presentation on some vice.
Take a look at this graph.  I can’t tell if the face has really changed based on the nicotine consumption.  Based on the facial expressions I think he is better off with pack of cigs.

Light up, everyone!






  1. I remember my class getting an anti-smoking comic book in grade school during the 60s. At the end the mother realized the mistake of her ways and cheerfully threw all her ashtrays away (“We won’t be needing these anymore!”). Wonder how long they stayed in there…

  2. The pen thing annoys me, lots of kids stick pens in their mouths, it has NOTHING to do with wanting to smoke.

  3. That graph (the one below the faces) is CHARTJUNK! There is no valid reason for the spurious 3D effect to it, other than to show off someone’s copy of Harvard Graphics 1.2a.

    I’m not even remarking about the rest of it, like how there are no units on either of the axes.

  4. I agree with SnarkyDork. It might be considered a kid wanting to emulate their parents, but I routinely toy with pens like that. And how many people still chew on pencils?

  5. I was finally able to quit smoking after 10-plus years as a die hard nicotine junkie, and nothing makes me feel like lighting up more than anti-smoking literature.

  6. Forget pens – when we were kids we had cigarette-shaped candy (in actual, flip-top mock cigarette packets)! Unfortunately, they were useless as a gateway drug – I must have consumed thousands, but have never once been tempted to light up (still an avid pen-chewer, though!).

  7. Alice, I remember them. We had red-tipped lolly sticks called “Fags”, that came in an imitation flip-top cigarette packet. When the AIDS crisis hit in the mid-1980s, the manufacturers changed the name to “Fads”. They are still around but hard to find. You have to go to speciality lolly shops to get them.

  8. I remember candy cigarettes too. There was also bubble gums ones. They were wrapped in paper with some sort of powder between the paper and gum. So you could breath through them and make them look like they were smoking. The gum tasted awful. Super dry.

    Never made me want to smoke. In fact, I’m a militant anti-smoker who’d love to see it outlawed and tobacco go extinct.

  9. One additional thing: the principal effect of smoking on the man on page 9 appears to be his being printed on a lower quality press!