The Use of Scare Tactics

Joel
Joel

6:16 PM - Apr 22, 2002 #1

Scare tactics have a bad reputation because of how they were used or more misused in the past. When you exaggerate the risks of anything, and a person finds out the real facts, it makes the whole message appear to be an exaggeration, if not an outright lie. Saying a dangerous substance does something that it does not do makes the listener disregard what the substance really does.

By this definition, quit smoking materials needs no scare tactics materials developed. The truth is scary. Smoking kills! Smoking causes more preventable deaths than anything else does in America, and the rest of the world is catching up. To illustrate the relative risk of dying from smoking as compared to the risk of dying from other factors, for every thousand 20 year olds that smoke today and don't quit, 6 will die from being murdered, 12 will die from accidents, 500 will die from smoking! This is scary stuff.

But is this a scare tactic? No, it is a fact. Is giving the message to the masses a scare tactic? No it is education. We need education. We need education to prevent the next generation being where smokers are now, we need education getting those of you who are now smoking to break the grip nicotine now holds on them. We need continued education to keep reminding those who have controlled it up to this point to remember, they are a puff away from being a smoker again.

Is that concept scary to you? It better be. You have all got to be terrified of the grip cigarettes can pose on you once again if given the opportunity. Don't ever give them that chance again. Cigarettes are an unrepentant serial killer. Open your door to them and they will slowly poison you until they accomplish their ultimate goal, they will kill you. Scary stuff-you bet. There is only one way to stop this killer-it is simply knowing to never take another puff!

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6:20 PM - Apr 22, 2002 #2

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Roger (Gold)
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10:03 PM - Apr 22, 2002 #3

They are a serial killer for sure. Slowly our society is accepting this.
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Joel
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11:06 AM - May 08, 2002 #4

I am doing a school presentation first thing in the morning. I've lectured at this one school for over 23 years in a row, to a little over one hundred 7th graders each time. It is likely that I have students in this program who are children of some of students I did those first few years. Anyway, I'll be tied up in the morning but will pop in tomorrow afternoon. Have a safe smoke free day everyone--all it entails to pull this off is to stay focused tomorrow the same way you have been staying focused each and every day that the way to stay smoke free is to know to never take another puff!

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12:41 AM - May 09, 2002 #5

Just got home from my presentation. It was to 135 sixth graders. Very good group, and when the assistant principle asked how many had a parent who smoked, it seemed like a good 25 to 30% of them raised their hands. The assistant principle assigned the kids to get their parents to look at www.whyquit.com tonight, so maybe we will have more lurkers than normal. I am going to bring up some posts that I think would be beneficial for people just looking in on a lark. Maybe we can help some of these kids help their parents learn that it is possible to never take another puff!

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DMarkGold11
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2:00 AM - May 09, 2002 #6

I posted this in my first post/diary, but it probably belongs here more...

David is my 7 year old son, and one of the reasons that I quit was his pestering (NOT A GOOD REASON, but see my other post for the other reasons!), that being said.

In talking to a long time non-smoker at work he suggested something that I would like to hear what some of the oldsters thing about. He suggested that I sign a contract with my son (he might be a bit too young now) that as long as he never starts smoking I will never smoke again.

Realizing that this could have some negitive affects if either a) I fall off, or B) he starts smoking years from now, I think that the positive side may out weight the negitive.

What do you think?

Mark
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Toast (GOLD )
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4:57 AM - May 09, 2002 #7


Scare tactics?

Reality.
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Carolyn
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5:35 AM - May 09, 2002 #8

If you look at the picture in the previous post, you may notice an ashtray and a pack of cigarettes just to the left of the child. Watching Brian die apparently didn't scare someone in the house enough to quit smoking. The reality is the power of nicotine addiction.

Carolyn
I have chosen not to smoke for 3 Weeks 4 Days 6 Hours 26 Minutes 14 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 505. Money saved: $75.80.
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Joel
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5:42 AM - May 09, 2002 #9

I figured we probably should put up the link to the Bryan Lee Curtis story from the picture posted above, just in case some people find themselves here at Freedom before actually being at www.whyquit.com. Here is the story associated with the picture: http://whyquit.com/whyquit/BryanLeeCurtis.html
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GrumpyOMrsS (Gold)
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6:01 AM - May 09, 2002 #10

One of the most important things we learn at Freedom is that we are all addicts addicted to the deadliest substance there is, nicotine. We also learn that there is only one person we should satisfy or quit for, and that is, ourselves. Whether we have quit for a day, a week, a month or thirty years, each of us is only ONE puff away from our addiction. It takes just one puff to send us back to our active addiction and it takes just one puff to kill.

"Smoking starts your heart pounding an extra 15 to 25 beats per minute, raises your blood pressure by 10 to 20 points. It CORRODES the delicate membranes of your lips and palate. In the lungs, it CHOKES the airways and ROTS the air sacs, leaving residue of cancer-causing chemicals. It deposits these and other dangerous poisons in your stomach, kidneys and bladder. All of this happens with EVERY cigarette you smoke."

Scare tactics? Take a look at the cold hard facts:

Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, causing more than 400,000 deaths each year and resulting in an annual cost of more than $50 billion in direct medical costs.

Each year, smoking kills more people than AIDS, alcohol, drug abuse, car crashes, murders, suicides, and fires - combined!

Nationally, smoking results in more than 5 million years of potential life lost each year.

Approximately 80% of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18. Every day, nearly 3,000 young people under the age of 18 become regular smokers.

More than 5 million children living today will die prematurely because of a decision they will make as adolescents - the decision to smoke cigarettes.

Half of those who smoke at twenty and NEVER stop smoking, will die of smoking related causes. If a twenty year old smoker stops smoking at twenty one, he or she then increases their chances of living life free from a smoking related illness tremendously. The sooner we quit, the better the odds. We cannot control what our children will do in the years to come, but we can set an excellent example by not smoking ourselves.

Remember that to improve your life and your health, you must remember to NEVER take another puff.

Linda....after 41 years of smoking, free for 2 years, 4 months and loving every second!
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Joel
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11:44 PM - Jun 03, 2002 #11

Can you scare a person out of an addiction? Maybe. Can you educate a person to the scary consequences of the addiction and arm them with the information that they then need to keep a healthy fear of the addiction and more importantly, a deeper appreciation of the many benefits of being smoke free thus allowing them to sustain their quits? Well ask every gold, silver, bronze, and green member here. They are all living proof to the ability of individuals to make a goal and then to stick with the commitment over time to never take another puff!

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8:49 PM - Oct 15, 2002 #12

In the 15th post in the string Marketing WhyQuit, Joel's Library & Freedom there is a touching story of a mother's utilizing of www.WhyQuit.com in an effort to start to undo the influence of a person smoking on television on her four year old daughter. I thought it would tie into this string very well.

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Joel
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8:23 AM - Apr 03, 2003 #13

For Alex's professor. Although in all honesty, I don't expect him to buy it. When it comes to answering the question on his test, the right answer is don't use scare tactics. When it comes to teaching kids you are really concerned with, don't use scare tactics either--use honesty and show smoking for what it is. The truth is scary--not knowing the truth is horrifying for it can end up costing the person his or her life. The truth is to stay smoke free you had better give kids and yourself really good reasons to never take another puff! Joel
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Cindy20 Bronze
Cindy20 Bronze

11:18 AM - Apr 04, 2003 #14

Thanks,
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Joel
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7:14 PM - May 28, 2003 #15

I saw the comment come up that more money was needed for education to help prevent kids from taking up smoking. Money is only part of an answer. You can throw billions into an educational campaign but if your material has no real content giving kids a compelling reason not to smoke peer pressure and other factors may very well win out. Spell out what addiction is and what the long-terms costs of the becoming a nicotine addict will be and kids will have a good reason before they ever start to never take another puff!

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Joel
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7:20 PM - Sep 16, 2003 #16

A few puffs enough to addict teens to smoking, new Canadian Cancer Society research suggests
MONTREAL, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Smoking just one or two cigarettes may be all it takes for some adolescents to become addicted to nicotine, says a new study funded by the Canadian Cancer Society. This research, the first of its kind in Canada, is published in the current issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
"This is a huge warning to kids and parents about the real danger of putting that first cigarette into your mouth," says Canadian Cancer Society researcher Dr. Jennifer O'Loughlin.

In a study involving more than 1,200 Montreal high school students, O'Loughlin and her research team found that even teens who smoked only once or twice reported symptoms of nicotine dependence. Up to one-third report some of the more common symptoms of nicotine dependence including "difficulty not smoking when friends smoke" and "feeling a real need to smoke."

The study also found that girls consistently reported more symptoms of addiction than boys, even though they smoked a similar amount of cigarettes. Furthermore, nicotine dependence may be a stronger factor in why teens start smoking than the fact that their friends and family members smoke.

"This is important news because it challenges the current idea that it takes kids two to three years of daily smoking to develop nicotine dependence," says O'Loughlin, a researcher at McGill University and the Direction de la santé publique in Montreal-Centre.

O'Loughlin has been following the Montreal teens for four years. Her research team used questionnaires to measure their smoking patterns and nicotine dependence including withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

This work is the first part of a six-year study that will examine both genetic and environmental factors involved in nicotine dependence in kids.

O'Loughlin says more investigation is required during the remaining two years of her study, but she's confident her findings provide strong evidence of the major role nicotine dependence plays in the smoking onset process for adolescents.

"It's further proof that when it comes to kids, you can't start prevention education or cessation programs early enough."

Cheryl Moyer, Director of Cancer Control Programs for the Canadian Cancer Society, adds, "This research demonstrates why the stop-smoking message doesn't always get through to teens who have started smoking. Their physical addiction can be a stronger influence than peer pressure. This will be a great help in developing more effective smoking cessation programs for kids."

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in Canada. In 2002, 22 per cent of teens aged 15-19 reported themselves as smokers. Sixteen percent were daily smokers while six per cent were occasional smokers. Slightly more teen girls reported smoking than boys - 23 per cent vs. 21 per cent.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and to enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society is the largest charitable funder of cancer research in Canada. Excellent research is funded through a rigorous national review process managed by its research partner, the National Cancer Institute of Canada.
The above news story has important implications. First it shows the importance of educating kids and their parents to the addictive nature nicotine. No parent should ever think of experimentation with cigarettes as a normal and harmless right of passage and no kid should knock around the idea that "just one" can't hurt. Also, it shows how important it is to make the message being taught more than a simple message of just saying no. We better be giving the next generation a real good reason to say no. What reason is better than if you experiment with nicotine that you are going to become addicted and that addiction will end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars over a lifetime, your health and eventually your life? More relevant for our members though is this research is showing the addictive potential of nicotine. If just one cigarette has the potential of starting the addictive process in a child who had no previous first hand exposure to smoking, think about what it will do to a person who has years or decades of a past smoking history. Many of our members already know from first hand experience what "just one" puff did to what were previous long-term quits.

The message for kids who have never smoked and adults who have long smoking histories needs to be the same. To never get caught in the grip of an active nicotine addiction it is imperative that everyone understands that the only way to guarantee that a person can stay smoke free is for that person to never take another puff!
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Joel
Joel

10:21 PM - Oct 08, 2003 #17

One of our new members was hoping to send his non-smoking daughter on in to look over Freedom to help encourage her to stay smoke free. I suggested that WhyQuit.com would be a better resource to help in this goal. WhyQuit is not a site designed to scare--it is a site designed to educate. Showing smoking in its true form is scary, showing it in any other way is misleading the reader. Cigarettes are addictive and deadly and the only way to avoid falling into its destructive grip is by knowing that for a person to guarantee that he or she will stay smoke free forever is for that person to stick to his or her commitment to never take another puff! Joel
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Joel
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7:52 PM - Sep 03, 2004 #18

Can you scare a person out of an addiction? Maybe. Can you educate a person to the scary consequences of the addiction and arm them with the information that they then need to keep a healthy fear of the addiction and more importantly, a deeper appreciation of the many benefits of being smoke free thus allowing them to sustain their quits? Well ask every gold, silver, bronze, and green member here. They are all living proof to the ability of individuals to make a goal and then to stick with the commitment over time to never take another puff!

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Joannetta
Joannetta

10:03 AM - Sep 04, 2004 #19

Freedom has given me a legitimate and honest view of nicotine addiction. It's not about the difficulties of not smoking, it's about the doom of smoking (or having any relationship with nicotine).
Just last evening after my visit to Freedom I realized how much I fear the coming of a crave and how much I fear that I will encounter something that I just can't conceive of yet that will undermine my quit. This is the next stage of leaving a nicotine addiction I guess. While I do not like feeling afraid, I believe that it will pass too.
I received a nice little boost today. I was reading something that reminded me of smoking dreams and I realized that I had a smoking dream last night - and I couldn't even remember it. All I know is that I DIDN'T TAKE A PUFF! What a really nifty feeling that I can have a smoking dream and not need to remember it! Or, I was having a senior's moment!


Cheers and thanks Freedom Folks, Joanne - 1 day and MINUTES away from G2
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victoria4504d
victoria4504d

1:45 PM - Jan 26, 2005 #20

There are days that I can't remember what I did 10 minutes ago, but I still remember my first cigarette some 30 plus years ago...and I remember thinking it tasted terrible but that I wanted to keep trying because I liked it anyway. I was hooked within a week...only at the time I didn't think of it as addition, I thought of it as attractive! I was 15 years old. YUCK!!

Vicky
I have not smoked a "you know what" since 8/19/2004 amounting to 5 Months, 6 Days, 8 hours, 52 minutes and 57 seconds (159 days). I have saved an amazing $1,482.12 by not smoking 9,562 death sticks and have saved 1 Month, 2 Days, 4 hours and 50 minutes of my life.
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GoldenDivamom1972
GoldenDivamom1972

11:48 AM - Mar 24, 2005 #21

When I was in the initial stages of my quit, and practically living on Why Quit, I showed my daughters all sorts of pictures of the diseased lungs, hearts, gums, and other nasty bits. All they could say was "EEEEEWWWWW!!!!" I hope they remember that "Ew" feeling before they try to give themselves the false "Aah" feeling.

Amy
Free and Healing for Two Months, Eighteen Days, 16 Hours and 47 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 8 Days and 7 Hours, by avoiding the use of 2391 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $599.71.
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Joel
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8:15 PM - Jun 25, 2005 #22

From: Joel Sent: 9/16/2003 6:20 AM
A few puffs enough to addict teens to smoking, new Canadian Cancer Society research suggests
MONTREAL, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Smoking just one or two cigarettes may be all it takes for some adolescents to become addicted to nicotine, says a new study funded by the Canadian Cancer Society. This research, the first of its kind in Canada, is published in the current issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
"This is a huge warning to kids and parents about the real danger of putting that first cigarette into your mouth," says Canadian Cancer Society researcher Dr. Jennifer O'Loughlin.

In a study involving more than 1,200 Montreal high school students, O'Loughlin and her research team found that even teens who smoked only once or twice reported symptoms of nicotine dependence. Up to one-third report some of the more common symptoms of nicotine dependence including "difficulty not smoking when friends smoke" and "feeling a real need to smoke."

The study also found that girls consistently reported more symptoms of addiction than boys, even though they smoked a similar amount of cigarettes. Furthermore, nicotine dependence may be a stronger factor in why teens start smoking than the fact that their friends and family members smoke.

"This is important news because it challenges the current idea that it takes kids two to three years of daily smoking to develop nicotine dependence," says O'Loughlin, a researcher at McGill University and the Direction de la santé publique in Montreal-Centre.

O'Loughlin has been following the Montreal teens for four years. Her research team used questionnaires to measure their smoking patterns and nicotine dependence including withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

This work is the first part of a six-year study that will examine both genetic and environmental factors involved in nicotine dependence in kids.

O'Loughlin says more investigation is required during the remaining two years of her study, but she's confident her findings provide strong evidence of the major role nicotine dependence plays in the smoking onset process for adolescents.

"It's further proof that when it comes to kids, you can't start prevention education or cessation programs early enough."

Cheryl Moyer, Director of Cancer Control Programs for the Canadian Cancer Society, adds, "This research demonstrates why the stop-smoking message doesn't always get through to teens who have started smoking. Their physical addiction can be a stronger influence than peer pressure. This will be a great help in developing more effective smoking cessation programs for kids."

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in Canada. In 2002, 22 per cent of teens aged 15-19 reported themselves as smokers. Sixteen percent were daily smokers while six per cent were occasional smokers. Slightly more teen girls reported smoking than boys - 23 per cent vs. 21 per cent.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and to enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society is the largest charitable funder of cancer research in Canada. Excellent research is funded through a rigorous national review process managed by its research partner, the National Cancer Institute of Canada.

The above news story has important implications. First it shows the importance of educating kids and their parents to the addictive nature nicotine. No parent should ever think of experimentation with cigarettes as a normal and harmless right of passage and no kid should knock around the idea that "just one" can't hurt. Also, it shows how important it is to make the message being taught more than a simple message of just saying no. We better be giving the next generation a real good reason to say no. What reason is better than if you experiment with nicotine that you are going to become addicted and that addiction will end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars over a lifetime, your health and eventually your life? More relevant for our members though is this research is showing the addictive potential of nicotine. If just one cigarette has the potential of starting the addictive process in a child who had no previous first hand exposure to smoking, think about what it will do to a person who has years or decades of a past smoking history. Many of our members already know from first hand experience what "just one" puff did to what were previous long-term quits.

The message for kids who have never smoked and adults who have long smoking histories needs to be the same. To never get caught in the grip of an active nicotine addiction it is imperative that everyone understands that the only way to guarantee that a person can stay smoke free is for that person to never take another puff!
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Joel
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10:22 PM - Jun 29, 2005 #23

I saw the use of the term "scare tactic" on the board. We go out of our way to make sure not to exaggerate any risks of smoking. The risks we point out are real. The risks of a puff leading you back to smoking are real and significant, and the risk of losing your health and eventually your life prematurely if you do relapse are real too. The way to mininize all of the dangers posed by your addiction is to simply continue to stick to your personal commitment to never take another puff!

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Joel
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5:52 AM - Sep 09, 2005 #24

Can you scare a person into taking control over an addiction? Maybe. Can you educate a person to the scary consequences of the addiction and arm them with the information that they then need to keep a healthy fear of the addiction and more importantly, a deeper appreciation of the many benefits of being smoke free thus allowing them to sustain their quits? Well ask every gold, silver, bronze, and green member here. They are all living proof to the ability of individuals to make a goal and then to stick with the commitment over time to never take another puff! Joel
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Almost Island Gold
Almost Island Gold

3:11 AM - Apr 22, 2006 #25

Unfortunately, even for me that work with teenagers for more than 20 years already the so called scare tactics are enormously difficult to make teens convinced of.

For most of them, thinking of the deadly consequences of smoking is as difficult as making them think of any other aspect of a distant future. I often faced some negative answers of my students such as "if we die of nicotine that only is going to happen in a distant future".
They just don't get it easily and for many of them a cigarette works like a "weapon" of re-ensuring their "place" in one of the two poles of the generation gap.
Nevertheless I'm working against this tendency and won't quit until they find out that it's not that easy to quit (although they say they will quit easily one day).
There are less kids smoking now than in the past (adverts are forbbiden and is not a fashion like onvce upon a time.
As far as teens are concerned I think IT'S NOT THAT SIMPLE unless the governments and officials forbid nicotine.

fernanda lopes
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