Re: virus: Cigarettes

Eric Boyd (
Tue, 05 Aug 1997 00:11:09 -0500 wrote:

> as a teenager who smoked for some 8 pitiful months i agree it has nothing
> to do with billboards, ads etc it has to do with power. i quit because i
> didnt (dont) have enough money to keep it up and the people i live with
> were shitting bricks and i figured it was just plain terms
> of killing people- I really dont think that would change the way americans
> are hungry for something to be addicted to it is their choice to smoke, its
> their own stupidity that kills them.

Finally, a voice of reason and experience!

I think, in this large battle, we have forgotten the innocent "host".
Becuase, you see, people arn't just "marks", as useful as that view may
be. People are people, and they do things for *reasons*, most of the

People don't light up becuase they have been brain washed by the tobacco
co's ideas and memes. They light up becuase they make a decision to do

And I think we need to find out why, and to design ideas and memes to
target those reason and make them ineffective.

Use memes, Tony, not genes.

(that is, kill the *reasons* people light up, not the people!)