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The Make Ugly Contest

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Make Ugly. Get recognition.

What's the ugliest truth about Big Tobacco? truth® wants to find out and you can help. DeviantART is calling for submissions of your ugliest monster, giant, mutant or undead art. Download the facts for inspiration and get in on the ugly action. Winners get cash prizes and will be included as a part of the truth® Artist Collective.

The Facts

Monster

To draw public attention from the dangers of secondhand smoke in 1987, Big Tobacco thought they might try to "create a bigger monster (AIDs)."

Undead

1 in 3 teens who begin smoking eventually die from tobacco-related disease. Not undead. Dead dead.

Giant

A Big Tobacco document shows they worried that publishing that radioactive Polonium-210 is in cigarette smoke would be like "waking a sleeping giant."

Mutant

One tobacco company biologically engineered tobacco plants to have twice the normal level of nicotine. Talk about a mutation.

Step 1

Download the fact pack to get inspired by some ugly truths.

Download the Fact Pack

Step 2

Create your darkest, weirdest, ugliest monster, giant, mutant or undead. No need to include the actual fact, just let it inspire your art.

Step 3

Submit entry as JPG or PNG at least 2,000 pixels in shortest length.

Submit Entry

Be sure to read the Official Rules.

1st Place

  • $4,000 USD
  • Apple iPad Mini (16GB WiFi)
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • 1-Year Premium Membership

2nd Place

  • $2,000 USD
  • Apple iPad Mini (16GB WiFi)
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • 6-Month Premium Membership

3rd Place

  • $2,000 USD
  • Apple iPad Mini (16GB WiFi)
  • 3,000 deviantART Points
  • 6-Month Premium Membership

4th Place

  • $2,000 USD
  • Apple iPad Mini (16GB WiFi)
  • 1,000 deviantART Points
  • 6-Month Premium Membership

36 Semi-Finalists

3-Month Premium Membership & 1,000 deviantART Points

Rules

Entry must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PT - Los Angeles CA, USA) on June 23, 2013 and must be submitted to the Contest gallery.

The completed entry ("Work") may originate in any visual medium but must be submitted at the Contest Site as a single JPG or PNG file, at least 2,000 pixels in the shortest length.

The Work must be completely original, but may be based on any of the entrant's prior work. No stock.

Entries may be used by truth® in connection with anti-tobacco education.

Membership to www.deviantart.com (the "Contest Site") is required to enter the contest. Membership to www.deviantart.com is free.

Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of May 13, 2013 to be eligible to enter the Contest and must be a resident of the United States.

Additional terms and conditions apply. Read the official rules.

Read Official Rules carefully.

Judging

40 Semi-Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff. From the Semi-Finalists, the final four Winners will be selected by Vitaly Alexius.

All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • the fearsome ugliness of the monster, giant, mutant, or undead depicted in the Work
  • overall impact of the Work in communicating an aspect of the Fact Pack
  • technical and artistic skill
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What's the ugliest truth about Big Tobacco? We're calling for submissions of your ugliest monster, giant, mutant, or undead art. Grab inspiration from our fact pack and then enter for your chance at a slice of $10,000 USD in prizing! Vote for the ugliest truth, and show your support by collecting a brand new Profile Page badge!
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:iconlmkiture:
lmkiture Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is a worthy contest. And although I never do well enough to place in dA contest, at least this one will be for a worthy cause whether I place or not...I'll do my best :D
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fromthedead Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
They also run truth.com
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kokoraven17 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Writer
It's rather disappointing that a lot of contest like this always look for visual art only. Visual art is great, but many writers don't get recognition, despite the fact that literature is just a beautiful as an visual artwork. They could have people write a short story or poem based off of the monster they create. Oh well...
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tobitguren Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I agree with you.
I thing contest should have a wider variety then what they have on here now. :/
I think some contest for age groupings and certain kinds of arts like portrait making, film making, a performing arts, etc. should exist as well.

But I bet there are some art contest outside of DA too.
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:iconredcast15:
RedCast15 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
I smelled like smoke in school all the way up to school because my family chose smoking over me; it would suck if that destroyed my confidence and any social life in the process, right. The fact that I don't have asthma and have become a good runner is somewhere between a miracle and my hard work.

I plan to draw something for the contest about that horrible smell
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:icontwinkiedragon:
twinkiedragon Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Oh my god I'm participate for sure!!!!
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:iconceeaybee:
CeeAyBee Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
A more deliciously ironic and interesting contest might be, "What is the ugliest truth about Truth.org"




psh... "The TRUTH" what a arrogant and bellicose name for an organization.
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CherryOrchid Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
This.
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:iconraccoon97:
Raccoon97 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Really an awesome Idea, this contest. I think this will be good :)
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:iconhansellu:
hansellu Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
The comment section is annoying me.
Smoking isn't good, no matter what way you look at it.
Even if it weren't just a health hazard, it's a big waste of money which has certainly done it's toll on my family's finances;
along with me being a 17-year breather of second hand smoke.
I support the contest, I wish people would stop thinking it was cool and stop starting everyone on a bad path by pressuring them into doing it.
I don't care what anyone says, I sat in the car outside of a smoke shop quite a few times and watched as young people went in/out who looked great, older people who looked bad, and any older than that and they looked ATROCIOUS.
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:iconwingedsonar:
WingedSonar Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   General Artist
Why did your family members not care about your health? They really smoked around you and forced you to breathe in second-hand for seventeen years?? How horrible!
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:icontheowl68:
TheOwl68 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm somewhat torn whether to enter this contest/collective, even though the 'truths' put across by this advocacy group appear to be factual and not bullshit. I also agree that the pressure and exposure from this & similar groups has changed the US and global laws to enforce bans and/or restrictions on much of the advertising of such an addicting substance, plus these corporate drug-dealers (may as well be, right?) are also forced to put even more astringent warnings on the packaging of cigarettes and tobacco products. But then there's plenty of advertising for alcohol going on globally which can also be decidedly deadly in excess, whether you're the drinker or not (as in DUI's killing innocents).

However, on the flip-side of the coin, my mother was one of hundreds of thousands of Baby Boomers who was the 1 in 3 teenagers which ended up dead from smoking, so keeping the information of the facts related to tobacco use/smoking blatantly out there and keeping the advertising for tobacco products/smoking to a minimum is important to me, too.

I will have to think about this one. Thank you for offering this competition~
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:iconfaehime:
FaeHime Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm torn as well. My mom smokes, and I know that it will eventually affect her health, but it's one of those "she's an adult, she knows the risks, and she's not ignorant of the facts- if this is her choice, I have no right to judge her or others who make the same choice."

At the same time, I support making sure others are aware of the risks, but I'm not sure if it needs to be this extreme :/ There are already no television ads for cigarettes, I've never heard a radio add for cigarettes, and I've seen maybe a handful of billboards throughout my lifetime that advertised cigarette smoking. Facts about it are everywhere, and bombard you from every media outlet available.

So on one side, I'm tempted, because more awareness never hurts...
On the other, I'm frustrated by how focused everyone is on vilifying the tobacco industry instead of focusing their efforts on things like the dangers of alcohol or energy drinks and such...

Decisions, decisions :/
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timtoe Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   Digital Artist
I predict some disgusting entries to come.
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:iconempty-oyster-shell:
empty-oyster-shell Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
exactly what i was thinking
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:iconrainacornasusgirl:
Rainacornasusgirl Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist
so, we can do photography riiiight?
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Yep! From the official rules, The completed entry ("Work") may originate in any visual medium (...) :)
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:iconelfofcourage:
elfofcourage Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now if they would only an "ugly truth" PSA about truth about medical pot and gun control.
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:iconpouchm:
pouchm Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
And what, exactly, would be the "ugly truth" about medical marijuana?
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:iconwingedsonar:
WingedSonar Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   General Artist
You do realize that the majority of writers for this site are from California, right? Don't hold your breath.
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:iconelfofcourage:
elfofcourage Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I do know, and no, I'm not holding my breath.
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:iconoemilythepenguino:
OEmilyThePenguinO Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I won't enter... but I LOVE that this contest exists!! :D
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:iconkysonkyoko:
KysonKyoko Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   General Artist
Been a while since I attempted a contest.
I got on DA today, wondering if I could do something to help my sister who's gonna lose her apartment soon if she doesn't get the rent paid. I really didn't want to see her and her 4 kids not have a home! I was wondering what can i do to try and raise money (or something) to help her? Then I saw this contest...
I know all about the ugliness of smoking, I've lived with it since the day I was born. (my parents both smoked)
So I feel that I might can create something showing smoking's ugly rear, and hopefully help my sister as well.
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:iconbrlim:
Brlim Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Artist
I in
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:iconhoboist:
Hoboist Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this idea! I'm putting all current projects on hold for this!
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:iconembercoral:
embercoral Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can't we say the ugliest truth is that a lot of this crap is only true due to unnecessary added chemicals and NOT the actual tobacco...or would that just disqualify the art?
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:iconuncleebolabear:
UncleEbolaBear Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
The tobacco is still bad. Putting smoke in your lungs is never a smart idea.
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:iconembercoral:
embercoral Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, we're still allowed to make our own decisions. If someone is okay with slowly degrading their health, I'm not going to force them to stop. Only if they ask for help would I do something about it.

Besides, tobacco doesn't cause traffic accidents. :/
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:iconuncleebolabear:
UncleEbolaBear Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
The contest is about awareness, not making decisions for others.

Are you stupid? Traffic accidents are not on topic. Do not use distractions and deflections.
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:iconflyinglilypad:
Flyinglilypad Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Somewhere here is stupid, and I think their name starts with "Ebola" and ends with "Bear" :)
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:iconuncleebolabear:
UncleEbolaBear Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
'somewhere'

Really? Somewhere is stupid?

:stupid:
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:iconflyinglilypad:
Flyinglilypad Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You realize you're showing that you're unable to comprehend what others are saying when they make minor typos? Something most people are capable of doing?

You really are quite insistent on showing off your below-average intelligence levels, aren't you...
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:iconuncleebolabear:
UncleEbolaBear Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
:rofl:
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:iconbailiwick:
Bailiwick Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
I want to see the actual documentation behind some of the Truth campaign's claims. I do not smoke but I respect those who want to - we are all adults and don't need nannying by useless groups like the Truth campaign. We KNOW smoking is harmful, we have it labelled on cigarette packaging itself nowadays and we're endlessly harassed by "shock" ad campaigns by organizations like Truth. Please treat people like the adults they are and stop juvenile vaguely related campaigns like this!
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:iconmigael-morningstar:
Migael-Morningstar Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
I second this. Also a non-smoker that thinks these campaigns are ridiculous and honestly insulting.
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:iconbailiwick:
Bailiwick Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Yep. They removed smoking ads from television, most magazines, from nearly everywhere...in fact, I can't remember the last time I saw a cigarette ad! But I do remember when they put up 'anti smoking' posters in stores, charged exorbitant tax on cigarettes and ran "shock" ad campaigns like this in order to dissuade smoking.

Guess what, there's gonna be people who CHOOSE to smoke, despite the risks! Just like there's people who jump out of airplanes or do hard meth. I'm sick of being a victim of these anti-smoking campaigns that are literally everywhere now.

There is NO PROOF that second-hand smoke does any kind of damage but the Truth campaign wants you to believe there is! I want hard cold facts from scientific peer-reviewed papers (and more than one of them!) reinforcing everything said by this campaign. They claim to have "documents" from "big tobacco"....REALLY? That's like saying you have "a letter" from "the government" stating that UFOs are real or something, and then not showing the document at all! Its a LIE, and I don't appreciate being LIED to. Its the kind of campaign that they ran against Absinthe in the 1900s - just complete utter misinformation and mistruth.

Further, these guys are just annoyingly pervasive. It's like I want to just scream at them I DO NOT SMOKE. Thank you. I understand the risks, so I do not partake. But there are people who DO, and that's OKAY WITH ME. They are adults and can choose to do so!
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Stalker-of-Neji Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student General Artist
"There is NO PROOF that second-hand smoke does any kind of damage [but the Truth campaign wants you to believe there is!]"

....

You're just talking about the Truth campaign and not in general, right? Like...what they're advocating? Which, I really don't know. I know nothing about the Truth campaign, except I hear it's problematic.

If not, and you are speaking IN GENERAL there are no risks, here are your articles (scholarly, peer reviewed, all can be found on EBSCO):

S. S. Shastri, et al. "Determinants Of Exposure To Second-Hand Smoke At Home And Outside The Home Among Students Aged 11-17 Years: Results From The Mumbai Student Tobacco Survey 2010." Indian Journal Of Cancer 49.4 (2012): 419-424. Academic Search Premier. Web. 17 June 2013.

Reiner Leidl, et al. "Exposure To Second-Hand Smoke And Direct Healthcare Costs In Children--Results From Two German Birth Cohorts, Giniplus And Lisaplus." BMC Health Services Research 12.1 (2012): 344-354. Academic Search Premier. Web. 17 June 2013.

N. N. Kyaing, et al. "Exposure To Second-Hand Tobacco Smoke Among Adults In Myanmar." Indian Journal Of Cancer 49.4 (2012): 410-418. Academic Search Premier. Web. 17 June 2013.

LEE KIYOUNG, et al. "Risk Of Exposure To Second Hand Smoke For Adolescents In Las Vegas Casinos: An Evaluation Of The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act." Journal Of Health & Human Services Administration 35.3 (2012): 231-252. Academic Search Premier. Web. 17 June 2013.

Asbridge, Mark, Kristen Ralph, and Sherry Stewart. "Private Space Second-Hand Smoke Exposure And The Mental Health Of Non-Smokers: A Cross-Sectional Analysis Of Canadian Adults." Addictive Behaviors 38.3 (2013): 1679-1686. Academic Search Premier. Web. 17 June 2013.

Heffernan, Thomas M., and Terence S. O'neill. "Exposure To Second-Hand Smoke Damages Everyday Prospective Memory." Addiction 108.2 (2013): 420-426. Academic Search Premier. Web. 17 June 2013.

Murray, Rachael L., John Britton, and Jo Leonardi-Bee. "Second Hand Smoke Exposure And The Risk Of Invasive Meningococcal Disease In Children: Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis." BMC Public Health 12.1 (2012): 1062-1072. Academic Search Premier. Web. 17 June 2013.

Charlotte Glümer, et al. "Social Disparities In Children's Exposure To Second Hand Smoke At Home: A Repeated Cross-Sectional Survey." Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source 11.1 (2012): 65-72. Academic Search Premier. Web. 17 June 2013.

Jose M Martínez-Sánchez, et al. "Tobacco Smoking, Exposure To Second-Hand Smoke, And Asthma And Wheezing In Schoolchildren: A Cross-Sectional Study." Acta Paediatrica 102.7 (2013): e305-e309. Academic Search Premier. Web. 17 June 2013.

Isam Lataifeh, et al. "The Association Between Second Hand Smoke And Low Birth Weight And Preterm Delivery." Maternal & Child Health Journal 15.4 (2011): 453-459. Academic Search Premier. Web. 17 June 2013.

And the CDC:

[link]

If not, then oh well. :) They are nice reads anyways!
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:iconwingedsonar:
WingedSonar Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   General Artist
Glad I'm not the only one who found this pathetic. DA is growing more juvenile in their attempts to rile up the "community"... But hey, who doesn't like to paint scary Halloween subjects and then claim they mean something more? It doesn't really demand creative thinking and is a serious waste of prize money to validate such a useless message.

Is DA just looking for a tax deduction by claiming this as a public service? Next will be a misleading PSA about the "benefits" of wind energy... Pft.
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:iconbailiwick:
Bailiwick Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
I'm not sure if they're attempting to rile anyone here, but the Truth campaign is always looking to make people mad by using outrageously generous statistics about smoking deaths and imaginary numbers they made up about second-hand smoke, and by using really infantile "shock" campaigns. They have become an exact replica of the people they purport to denounce in the name of good health. Also, now they're using the artists on DA as free advertisement and free "crowd sourcing" - so someone wins an ipod and 4K. Great. An actual professional would get paid FAR more for an advertisement project like this than any of this prize money and they know it, which is why they're doing it.
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:iconwingedsonar:
WingedSonar Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   General Artist
That's the ugly vibe I get from this. And that's all I meant from the "rile" comment: that they're attempting a shock campaign to get innocent bleed-hearts moved to action...by nonsense that's been old since 1984. This whole campaign is practically 30 years too late!
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:iconbailiwick:
Bailiwick Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Well, they're gonna laughably get some major unprofessional teenager-type angst art, that's for sure. I am really interested to see what they choose as the winner, and I'm really interested to see the quality of work they get in.
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:iconuncleebolabear:
UncleEbolaBear Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
If people know all his information as you say, then why are so many people still surprised when they get lung cancer?
Were they in denial of the risks? Were they stupid? Were they misled by people like you who automatically assume all people know all knowledge?
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:iconbailiwick:
Bailiwick Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
It's sort of hard to avoid this knowledge. Your doctor tells you whenever you visit. There's information on the cigarettes themselves. Huge posters are put up regarding smoking risks in many stores...and the Truth campaign has ensured its crammed down everyone's throats. Many states also run PSAs in addition to all the above that are usually really ridiculously graphic. People are surprised when they get lung cancer because they assume it will never happen to them.

SO yeah. If you don't know that smoking causes lung cancer in this day and age....you aren't being misled by people like me, you're just living on another planet.
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:iconspudfuzz:
Spudfuzz Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
No, it was just the normalcy bias. They were aware of the risks and refused to believe it could happen to them.
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:iconwingedsonar:
WingedSonar Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   General Artist
Because they're honestly foolish and of the mentality that it won't happen to them. Most humans have a certain degree of thinking we'll live without so much as a car accident or marital argument, a ridiculous sense of invincibility despite statistics and giant warning labels on the packages. It's what has teens stealing parents' beer and driving drunk. It's what has adults beating their children after doing drugs. It's what has people starting fights and getting so indignant when they get arrested for it. It's what has a skinny man surprised when he bites into his fifteenth checkout of fast food and gets his first heart attack during the morning jog. Or the woman who has diabetes and doesn't understand why she's losing a leg after having sugar in her tea every morning. An idiotic sense of invincibility. Cigarettes are at the bottom of the totem pole in their book. It does. not. register.

To quote Dennis Leary back when he was still funny: "They could cover the entire front of the pack, call it Tumors, and people would be lining up outside for the f-ing things. 'I bet you get a tumor just from lighting one up!'" It was parody, but we laugh mainly because it's probably true.

And if a smoker like him (at his show "No Cure for Cancer") says that to a huge audience of laughter, do you think painting a ridiculous poster with zombies and leaves is going to get the message across to adults? Teens already have programs in school to combat it, so who exactly is this PSA aimed at, anyway?
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UncleEbolaBear Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Dennis Leary was funny at one point?:O_o:

If you rely on only one type of message you will always get the same results.
Variety. Touch every angle.
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crow-proxy Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes to in denial and yes to being stupid. It's really simple. Smoking is bad, of course, but if you want to go ahead and do it there's a chance of sickness and death. If you're surprised about contracting the sickness I refer you back to sentence one. There's plenty of ways to 'live.' If smoking is your choice know of the conditions.
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Emmi-Kat Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
Is it just smoking? Or can it be for any form of tobacco.
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HomestuckObsessed Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, good. there's a contest against smoking.
i was afraid that this website endorsed freedom of choice, but im glad i was incorrect.

honestly though. i couldn't care less.
yeah i've lost a family member to lung cancer, but he knew the risks.

people are allowed to do whatever they want. this is just encouraging inequality.
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