Monday, March 3, 2008

Is smoking worse than terrorism?

After all I've seen and am exposed to, I still don't seem to cease being astonished and shocked.

The following is an anti-smoking poster from New Zealand's "Action on Smoking and Health" (which put together is "ASH." Clever, huh?):

At first glance I thought that the poster was meant to compare smoking to environmentally hazardous factories, which some people would find extreme but which is a fairly normal and even agreeable analogy. Not so, as a close look at the caption at the bottom illustrates:

"Terrorism-related deaths since 2001: 11,337 Tobacco-related deaths since 2001: 30,000,000"

Absolutely ridiculous.

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