If you smoke, you already have to deal with smelling like an ashtray, so we’re not sure why anyone would actually want to carry around one—in their purse no less! Apparently in Japan, “mobile ashtrays are now fashion items.” For women who want to be “responsible smokers” (whatever that means), this girly metallic pouch attaches to your purse so you can tote your aromatic ashes with you. Keep reading »
“The first time I ever chewed a piece of Nicorette gum one of my close friends’ mother gave it to me. I think she thought she was giving me a piece of regular gum. I was chewing it and it was like a party in my mouth. It was like fireworks and ‘Oh my god, I’m talking a million miles per hour and I love this gum and what kind of gum is this? I have to have this gum.’”
– Jessica Simpson, never a smoker, on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” I have never been a smoker, nor have I ever chewed Nicorette, so I asked some friends who’ve quit by using the nicotine gum, who described it as: “fruity, like regular gum with a candy-like coating”; “the aftertaste is very medicinal”; “it burns and upsets the stomach”; “uh, it tastes like an ashtray.” Well, I guess we know what Jessica’s fresh, un-brushed breath smells like now. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
This French public service announcement is kind of like one of those eye trick images where you see either a vase or the outline of two faces. Is it trying to say that smoking is like giving a BJ to the tobacco industry? Or is the message that oral sex is as risky as smoking a ciggy? Well, Slate Double X has cleared it up with their handy-dandy French translation skills. Apparently, it’s the former—the text at the bottom reads, “Smoking is being tobacco’s slave,” and a spokesperson for the ad agency that made it explains, “The goal was simply to say ‘You are subjecting yourself to smoking.’ There is no analogy between sex and tobacco.” Huh? Also, I’m a little confused as to why, in the two male versions of the ad, the exec is wearing his suit jacket, while in the version with a teenage girl, he’s down to just his dress shirt? Or am I just reading too much into this now? [Double X] Keep reading »
Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a carton of smokes, especially when it’s designed with Christmas greens and pine combs. So seasonal! As you can see in this black-and-white commercial, a carton of Lucky Strikes looks “bright!” and “colorful!” under the tree and is sure to please any smoker with good taste. After all, it does say “Merry Christmas and Happy Smoking” two-hundred times.
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