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Smoking = No Sex? Impotence? Minging teeth? That's the message of a new anti-smoking campaign in Britain, anyway.

"If sex sells, does the opposite hold true, too? Can the fear of missing out on sex be used to stop a product from selling?

That is the idea being tested by a new advertising campaign in Britain that tries to persuade young people to quit smoking. Unlike traditional antismoking pitches, which tend to focus on health concerns, the new ads argue - in an in-your-face way - that the use of tobacco decreases sexual attractiveness and performance.

The new campaign warns young men bluntly that smoking can increase the risk of sexual dysfunction. And it tells young women that 'if you smoke, you stink'."

This made me think about my attitudes toward smoking when I was in the single world. And I did make decisions about whether or not I would pursue or allow pursuit based on this issue. If the person was a smoker, I was less likely to be interested. Now if the person was flat out sexy then smoking was not part of the determining criteria. I did wind up with a non-smoker in the end, though.

Is smoking a deal breaker for you?


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Jul. 18th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
Is smoking a deal breaker for you?

Jul. 18th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
I smoked when Jim and I met. He married me anyway, though he hated the smoking. 3 months after we got married I got pregnat and quit cold turkey. I don't think I could stand being with a smoker now. It would be a deal breaker. The funny thing is my sons feel the same way. Zach had been talking to a girl in class he really thought he might like, until he went outside with her and she lit up.
Jul. 18th, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC)
I always thought it would be, but I've dated two smokers in the past (though not very seriously) and my current flame is a smoker. I don't care for his smoking, but given just how addictive a habit it is, I'm glad I didn't disqualify him just for the sake of it. Would have missed out on a lot of great times with him if I had.

He talks about cutting back and eventually quitting, but I've learned not to press it. Thats the fastest way to an argument. Where I would probably draw the line though, is living with a smoker. Its one thing if they go outside to smoke, but there's no way I'd allow smoking in my own home. Yuck.
Jul. 18th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
Is smoking a deal breaker for you?

Smoking=bad breath and nasty habits...no thanks!
Jul. 18th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
A deal breaker is too strong a term for me* - I wouldn't like it, though. Luckily Jim doesn't smoke. My parents smoked their brains out all through my childhood - so I have a certain tolerance for it - and still some residual nicotine in my lungs.

Besides, if a guy is nice enough in other ways, why you can just nag him to quit till his brains liquify and pour out of his ears...

*Liking George Bush - now there is a deal breaker ;0
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