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Jul 10, 2014Canadian, Life&Food

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Is smoking cool?


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Alex: Well, there are two things for me, uh when it comes to smoking. Uh it, or the decision to smoke or whether not to smoke. Uh, one, was that when I did try it, it didn’t do anything for me (right). Uh, I didn’t find any pleasure or enjoyment out of it. And second, and the second thing is, um ah- there are so many public-health campaigns. You know, uh you see pictures of these dark black lungs…

José: In Canada, in Canada you do. In Canada you see, like, I don’t know, I mean like, I’m almost speaking directly to my Japanese students right now but you would be just amazed if you went to Canada and saw what is considered tobacco advertising. It’s not advertising to make you want to smoke. It is advertising to tell you that you are taking your life into your hands'taking your life into your hands' means 'doing something very dangerous'. (0:50) if you are smoking.

Alex: Yeah, well, legally uh, tobacco companies can’t even advertise anymore

José: That’s right that’s right yeah. I remember I think I was about 18 – 19. And, it was big news, you know like uh tobacco and and alcohol. I think at the same time. It was a clamp put down on alcohol. That you couldn’t advertise um on TV anymore (mm-hmm yeah). And then eventually there was a a new rule both in America and Canada where actors in TV shows (mm hmm) couldn’t smoke on TV anymore. (mm hmm) I think that was the mid 80s. (mm hmm) And eventually just, rules started getting tighter and tighter. They couldn’t have billboards at major sporting events. And they, they couldn’t advertising in magazines and all kinds of things.

Alex: It’s interesting that uh, there came to be a point where uh, I don’t know if it was banned but it became sort of anti-PC uh an- anti-political correctThe correct term is 'political-ly correct'. (1:50) or antisocial to show actors smoking on TV. (Mm mm) You used to see it all the time in old movies and TV programs and all of a sudden, you hardly see see it.

José: And that’s what makes old, like 1940s movies so quaint when you see Humphrey Bogart and everybody else just lighting up and with the ree-. And the directors and the directors of photography would actually use the cigarette smoke to make the actors look cool. (mm-hmm) Uh it just looks really quaint and and beyond old-fashioned. It’s like, oh god you people are so ignorant.

Alex: But but recently uh, I think I’ve seen smoking make a comeback In some (Really?) TV dramas or movies, yeah because-

José: Where, In Japan?

Alex: No no. It’s in Hollywood, uh well Hollywood, American dramas and movies. (Oh) Because after all it it’s still part of (yeah) real daily life. (It is) It’s- there are people who still do it.

José: O- One thing that I note though, I agree with you now. I know what you’re talking about. But for example um, I’m recently watching the TV show Breaking Bad.

Alex: Oh isn’t that great?

José: And one of – That’s a great TV show. And uh, really recommend it. But, the one person in there who smokes a lot, or the people who- in it who smoke a lot, (yeah) generally tend to be classified under quotation marks “bad guys”, or people (uh-huh) you wouldn’t want to put up in front of a kid and say, “that’s a role model”. (mm-hmm) The people who are kind of role models, if you think about it, don’t smoke. (Hhm) All of the people who are kind of like, off the beaten path, people who have obviously turned a bad corner, (right) in Breaking Bad, (yeah) It’s all of the bad guys it’s all of the cartel people, all of the drug dealers. Uh even uh, Jesse Pinkman himself is a smoker, his junkie girlfriend was a smoker. (Hhm) So it’s all of these anti-role models, are smokers.

Alex: Was the was the uh, was the Chicken King a smoker?

José: No see what, that was part of his character. Uh Gus, the chicken guy (yeah) was completely clean-cut. So completely, you know non-smoking and and you know total businessman and everything (Uh-huh). But uh, Walter: non-smoking. His wife his family: non-smoking. Hank carries a gun, but non-smoking, clean cut guy. (mm hmm) Look at all of the- look at you know Skinny Pete, Combo, Jessie Pinkman: all of them are smoking, bad guys, right? So yeah it’s part of life (yeah). But I I like the fact that it’s still not held up to the kids. Like again the example of old movies Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains. Cool guys, good guys everybody smokes.

Alex: True true, (right) that’s true.


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  1. I think that smoking is not cool. It is because smoking is pretty bad for our health.
    Cigarette smoke includes “mainstream smoke” smoked by smokers and “secondhand smoke” rising from the end of a cigarette. Cigarette smoke includes a lot of dangerous substances. For example, typical things are nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide. Nicotine can cause stress on the heart, such as increased blood pressure and heart rate. Because tar contains carcinogens, it can accelerate the development of cancer and cause darkening of the lungs. Carbon monoxide obstructs oxygen transportation and has a great effect on our body. And as you know, secondhand smoke is more dangerous than mainstream smoke. Secondhand smoke has these substances more than mainstream smoke.
    Smoking has also been shown to oxidize the body and increase the risk of many illnesses. So I think that all smokers should use iQOS.
    iQOS is a heated cigarette. Steam is generated by heating it. Unlike traditional cigarettes, there is no mainstream smoke or secondhand smoke from combustion and no ash, so smokers can smoke and relax without the annoyance of other people.
    I hate cigarette smoke. It smells so bad. When I was going to go to school in the morning, a man smoked near the station while walking. I was very uncomfortable to see him. I want all smokers to use iQOS!


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