A new website from Finland is a reminder to us all of what smoking can do to our bodies and our health. Created by the Cancer Society of Finland, it gives the viewer both visuals and text on how each part of the body is affected by smoking.
The website has a female and a male body and by clicking on a series of words denoting body parts the graphic zooms in on those parts and gives you a visual of what smoking does to that area of the body.
Health-risk from smoking
It also features text detailing the effects of smoking and the result of choosing not to smoke. When clicking on 'lungs' for example, a close-up of the lungs appears and shows effects of smoking on one side of the 'model's' lungs, the other side shows the lungs as how they would be if the model were a non-smoker.
The text on one side tells of the damage from smoking to the lungs, the other side details the benefits to the lungs from not smoking. The nicotine in tobacco affects all areas the body, internally and externally, and the website graphically shows that.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that: Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people each year. More than 5 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600 000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.
The Tobacco Body website has been up since the Fall and is now getting attention and hits from all over the globe. How effective will it be? A recent study from researchers at Stirling University in the U.K. found that images aren't having a great effect on smokers. Young smokers in particular are continuing to smoke despite graphic images on cigarette packages, the study found.
However lead researcher Dr. Crawford Moodie said they found that graphic images have a "really positive" effect when it comes to convincing non-smokers not to start.