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*vomits* They attract young people... 
8th-Nov-2005 06:49 am
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But they can't be smoked.

Yet, that is. Just give the tobacco companies time to run with the idea. They're already being sold in hip university neighborhoods where youth congregate.

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Oh, and get this! The artist originally worked in a cancer research center. Am I the only one who sees the irony to all of this?

Only in South Korea.
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8th-Nov-2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
As her illustrations are not done with food dyes, she recommends people not to smoke them but just keep them as a special decoration.

I get the impression it's not the tobacco smoke you have to worry about ^^;;

High school and college students would looooove those, toxic ink smoke be damned....
8th-Nov-2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
No kidding. The illustrations are cartoony, as well. Perfect for sucking in gullible children.
8th-Nov-2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
Sometimes South-East Asia takes this "Kawaii mania" too far. *shakes her head*
8th-Nov-2005 03:34 pm (UTC)
*laughs* East Asia, not Southeast Asia.

This stuff would be outright illegal in the US if the tobacco companies were doing it.
8th-Nov-2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
And you know, all the American cigarette companies are pushing into markets like that, because they're being driven out of business here..
8th-Nov-2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
Or whining about how unfair it is because a lot of the regulations only apply to the big tobacco companies, not the little guys.
8th-Nov-2005 07:17 pm (UTC)
Ooops. Yes, that's right^^

Well, there's a reason why everyone carries their illegal business activities outside of the Western world.
8th-Nov-2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
Except this time it's one Korean women making smoking look appealing to KOREAN CHILDREN. Not to mention that she used to work in a cancer center. Just heinous. And they accuse Americans of having no sense of civic responsibility.

This sort of thing isn't illegal in Korea, most likely, and as artistic expression it's a gray area in the US--as long as they can't be smoked. She might still get her pants sued off by some interest group, though.
8th-Nov-2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
Do you think she got all bitter and angry and decided to join the cancer club?^^

Honestly, because I can't fathom how one who worked in a research center against cancer moves on to illustrating cute cigars for kids.
8th-Nov-2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
Nah. She has no civic responsibility, as I said before. She's doing it because she thinks it's "cool"--who cares what sort of social ramifications it might have? I see that a lot in Korean and Japan.

It's disgusting that this even makes front-page news in Korea.
8th-Nov-2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
That's an amuseing collectable. Not only is the smokeing bad for you, now we have added toxic ink too, so you can die up to five years sooner!
8th-Nov-2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
Can't be smoked, or shouldn't be smoked?

I wonder how much longer until we have decorated cigarettes in the US.
8th-Nov-2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
Maybe decorated, but not with cartoony characters! Using mascots to suck children in was made illegal here, I believe. That's why you don't see Joe Camel anymore.
9th-Nov-2005 12:03 am (UTC)
that's disturbing...
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