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Seven Deadly Myths: Myth 2

"It’s not like I’m hurting anyone but myself."

Length : 1 Min 17 Sec

Myth 2 video


(Video of a hand putting out a cigarette in an ashtray and sounds of a baby crying in the background. Title reads, Myth #2 "It’s not like I’m hurting anyone but myself.")

Female Voice: It’s not like I’m hurting anyone but myself.

Female 1: My mom smoked and I hated it as a child.

Female 2: I swore I would never smoke. And I smoke.

Christy Turlington: Tobacco companies worked hard for you to make us think that smoking was a civil right. And nonsmokers just had to put up with it. Now we know better. The California Environmental Protection Agency estimates that secondhand smoke sometimes called environmental tobacco smoke or ETS, causes 35,000 to 62,000 deaths a year from heart disease in nonsmokers. That number includes our husbands, our families, and the ones we love.

Female 2: I have a five-year-old little boy and he tells me all the time, "Mommy, you’re going to die when you smoke."

Christy Turlington: Listen to your kids. Environmental Tobacco Smoke is especially dangerous for babies, young children, older people and people with health problems. Secondhand smoke causes asthma, lung infections, and even sudden infant death syndrome.

Screen:  Dr. Omega Silva, Professor of Medicine, George Washington University:
The Surgeon General came out with a report on secondhand smoke and the environmental protection agency recognizes cigarette smoke as an environmental danger, and I can tell you personally, of people that I know who never smoked, that die of lung cancer.


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