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Monday, 31 December 2012

Nocebo of grisly graphics on cigarette packs (again!)

My last two posts (and some before) have been about the criminality of putting grotesque plain packaging images into the minds of smokers (and non smokers) repeatedly so that they burrow their way into our consciousnesses to become exactly the thing we see.

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Buddha

We know about this in Modern Medicine

Nocebo

It's a pity that statistics on smokers are so twisted and a lot of them are "estimates" aka guessing. It would be interesting to know is cancer rates in smokers had risen since the introduction of criminal images on cigarette packs.  Cancer in non smokers too - those who have to see them. And those who are caught in the deadly waves of second hand smoke found in parks and open spaces. But we'll never know

But I'm not the only one who is appalled by the thoughtlessness of Tobacco Control tactics.

Placebo/Nocebo and the anti-smoking campaign

Is the nocebo effect killing our smokers?