Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I'll Humiliate You Into Being Healthy!

Floirda's Department of Health operates a program called Tobacco Free Florida.  As you might have gathered from the name, its goal is to encourage you to quit smoking.  Toward that end, they have what is called the Florida Quit Line.  In a nutshell, it's an 800 number that refers you to resources that can help you quit smoking.

Okay.  Great.  Swell.  Fine...  Whatever.

Lately, however, they've started running a series of ads portraying smokers as outcasts.  Smelly clothes, smelly hair, bad skin...  In other words, they're trying to convince you to quit smoking by playing on your vanity and insecurity if not your intelligence. Using tax dollars to humiliate the citizenry.  The nanny state sinks to new depths.

Now, since childhood obesity has become a national emergency to be handled by The Queen Bee can we expect commercials ridiculing fat kids in the near future?

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