|Who needs cigarettes when you've got a supermodel at your side? ITM's Andrew with Tyra Banks at Planet Hollywood New York.|
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|Smoking: The Truth Unfiltered
Believe it or not: smoking cigarettes can cause serious damage to your health right now
and in the near future... not just 40 years down the line. In "Smoking: The Truth Unfiltered",
supermodel Tyra Banks joins In the Mix as we burn down common misconceptions and light up the
hard truth about the physical effects of tobacco.
Smoking prevention is an issue about which Banks feels a passionate and personal connection-her
grandmother began smoking at thirteen, and died of lung cancer at fifty. She is joined by In the Mix
reporters, including nineteen-year-old Andrea, a regular smoker, who sets out to get the truth about
how her habit is affecting her health.
"Smoking: The Truth Unfiltered" also meets the faces of addiction. First, a twenty-six-year-old woman describes how she started smoking at ten years old to "look older"; she got her wish, thanks to the lifelong drugs she'll have to take to treat her emphysema. Then, a former Lucky Strike cigarette model who now suffers from throat and lung cancer offers insight on the difference between cigarette ad images and real life.
Determined to quit smoking, Andrea sits in with a group of high school teens who are kicking the habit.
They outline how and why they got addicted, give coping tips and tricks that work for them, and voice
their opinions on the relationship between teens and tobacco companies.
"You're paying them to kill you," says one. Another non-smoker vows, "I'm not going to give them the
satisfaction of addicting one more customer." Dr. Jamie Ostroff of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center describes how teens can tell that they're addicted, and provides additional advice on how to quit.
Through an interview with Bill Novelli, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the program also investigates how and why tobacco companies target teen consumers, including campaigns for spit tobacco. [Cast your vote on family members who smoke] Novelli urges young people to get involved and help fight back; a group of teen activists and peer educators featured on the program did just that, providing testimony that helped ban cigarette billboards within one-thousand feet of New York City schools. We'll also hear from young singer-songwriter Leslie Nuchow, who refused to be part of a CD produced and marketed by a tobacco company-a promotion designed to help sell smoking to young, female music fans. Patrick Reynolds, grandson of tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds, reveals that cigarette packaging doesn't list ingredients because they include many known poisons. [Great resources] [Get help 24/7]
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