Anti-Smoking Group Opens Fear Clinic in Minecraft

Anti-Smoking Group Opens Fear Clinic in Minecraft

A Swedish group devoted to getting teens to stop smoking has opened shop in the popular game Minecraft.

In an effort to curb smoking by young adults, a group in Sweden has opened a virtual Fear Clinic is the game Minecraft so that people can talk about their smoking habits and problems with an on-call psychologist in-game.

"With the Fear Clinic we want to help young people to talk about fears, instead of hiding them behind a cigarette," said Ann-Therese Enarsson, chairman of A Non Smoking Generation. In the video at right, you can see a player walking up to another person in a lab coat and they go into an office to chat.

The idea came about after a survey of Swedish young adults from 16-25 found that 6 in 10 believed that kids started smoking to show they are fearless. They also believe that non-smoking ads have little to no effect.

The organization has contracted with YouTube celebrity Joseph Garrett, who plays Minecraft and has created incredibly popular videos for the game, to create the videos for the Fear Clinic.

Source: PSFK

The Fear Clinic in Minecraft

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This displays admirable creativity and I wish them good luck.

So they are using the private chat function on virtual servers that teens frequent to engage teens privately.

Pretty damn smart, although they could have designed the building a bit more inventively.

Ah, do come in...welcome to my FEAR CLINIC! AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! *thunder & lightning*.

Still, brilliant idea, though, I question the doctor's credentials...

This is actually incredibly brilliant.

Hear me out. This not only allows teens to keep their anonymity when discussing their issues (a huge thing with them), but it manages to engage them in a setting a lot of kids their age find comfortable. Basically, it holds the same advantages of a telephone help line while allowing them to feel relaxed and at ease in, what is for the most part, a peaceful environment. Kudos to these guys for engaging these kids on this level.

Editor, hire one.

OT: This is new. I guess they have their own server?

The idea came about after a survey of Swedish young adults from 16-25 found that 6 in 10 believed that kids started smoking to show they are fearless.

Wait what? So they asked young adults, smokers and non-smokers, why kids started smoking? Why not just ask the ones who were, y'know, actually smoking? The survey seems a little crap to me...

As with all non-smoking campaigns, this makes me want a cigar...

Wow that is a really interesting to me, great idea, wish yah the best!

These type of things are not taken seriously on the internet. Also, by becoming quasi-news, this will attract trolling.

Is it bad I want to join and build a giant cigarette right next to it?
"They also believe that non-smoking ads have little to no effect."
That's true, they just piss me off and make me want to smoke out of spite.

Xan Krieger:
Is it bad I want to join and build a giant cigarette right next to it?
"They also believe that non-smoking ads have little to no effect."
That's true, they just piss me off and make me want to smoke out of spite.

Honestly, I have never smoked, never had the desire to smoke, never think I will smoke and I try to keep a distance from people or at least in the correct wind so I don't breathe in too much of it when I do and I agree with you.

I hate anti-smoking ads, I hate the scare tactics, I hate the bloated statistics and fault conclusions in so many of them. Give people the information about the dangers, label the packages and let people choose. I don't need to see a smokers lung or brain to know smoking is harmful and the truth is that quite a few would be disgusted just seeing a healthy man's lung anyway, smoker or not.

In the best case I think that anti-smoking ads have much the same effect as a bad hangover. You swear you'll never drink again, but then it passes and you break that promise and you drink again. Worst case scenario would be smoking out of spite.

If school, parents, legal repurcussions considering the demographic, TV, Internet, surgeon generals warnings, and the growing trend of treating smokers like fucking crackheads hasn't convinced them not to smoke, I doubt some therapy via minecraft will.

Edit - although I don't know if the on pack warnings and crackhead treatment apply in Sweden.

Ah, I heard about that! It's a rather neat idea, and is at least reasonably realistic. And honestly, tobacco-related or not, talking about fears and the hiding thereof is never time wasted in that age.

Probably won't impact smoking very much (which is a decreasing trend, anyway, like alcohol), but perhaps the idea could be useful for all sorts of things in the future.

2012 Wont Happen:
If school, parents, legal repurcussions considering the demographic, TV, Internet, surgeon generals warnings, and the growing trend of treating smokers like fucking crackheads hasn't convinced them not to smoke, I doubt some therapy via minecraft will.

Edit - although I don't know if the on pack warnings and crackhead treatment apply in Sweden.

The packs basically got this black-on-white text that says "Smoking Kills" or "Smoking Ages Your Skin" and things like that. There has been talk about replacing the text with the standard pictures of dreadful teeth and recently disected lungs, but it's mostly political and lifestyle-related chestbeating at the moment.

The crackhead treatment, I haven't seen much of. There is an angry reader's letter in the paper every odd month calling for it to be outlawed, but most of the people with an actual say in the matter spend enough time in reality to treat it like it should; a taxed drug, limited to outdoor usage and not allowed around hospitals or children.

It's like in most of the West, and like alcohol; a dangerous drug too ubiqutous (and fuckin' lovely) to remove, and not dangerous enough to not financing its own damage effects.

Yopaz:

Xan Krieger:
Is it bad I want to join and build a giant cigarette right next to it?
"They also believe that non-smoking ads have little to no effect."
That's true, they just piss me off and make me want to smoke out of spite.

Honestly, I have never smoked, never had the desire to smoke, never think I will smoke and I try to keep a distance from people or at least in the correct wind so I don't breathe in too much of it when I do and I agree with you.

I hate anti-smoking ads, I hate the scare tactics, I hate the bloated statistics and fault conclusions in so many of them. Give people the information about the dangers, label the packages and let people choose. I don't need to see a smokers lung or brain to know smoking is harmful and the truth is that quite a few would be disgusted just seeing a healthy man's lung anyway, smoker or not.

In the best case I think that anti-smoking ads have much the same effect as a bad hangover. You swear you'll never drink again, but then it passes and you break that promise and you drink again. Worst case scenario would be smoking out of spite.

Here's the way I work, I smoke or drink as a coping mechanism to deal with stress so the only way to get me to stop would be to remove the stress. How to do that I don't know. If I ever found that out I'd do it only recreationally, drinking and smoking with friends who do it instead of feeling the intense urge to do it when I feel stressed.

Well minecraft has now become what people hoped second life would be. And it actually has gameplay

Noble idea if people that young are smoking cigars. That said, when I saw the article title I first thought "What, is Vincent Price gonna be in there playing as the personification of Tobacco?"

Xan Krieger:

Yopaz:

Xan Krieger:
Is it bad I want to join and build a giant cigarette right next to it?
"They also believe that non-smoking ads have little to no effect."
That's true, they just piss me off and make me want to smoke out of spite.

Honestly, I have never smoked, never had the desire to smoke, never think I will smoke and I try to keep a distance from people or at least in the correct wind so I don't breathe in too much of it when I do and I agree with you.

I hate anti-smoking ads, I hate the scare tactics, I hate the bloated statistics and fault conclusions in so many of them. Give people the information about the dangers, label the packages and let people choose. I don't need to see a smokers lung or brain to know smoking is harmful and the truth is that quite a few would be disgusted just seeing a healthy man's lung anyway, smoker or not.

In the best case I think that anti-smoking ads have much the same effect as a bad hangover. You swear you'll never drink again, but then it passes and you break that promise and you drink again. Worst case scenario would be smoking out of spite.

Here's the way I work, I smoke or drink as a coping mechanism to deal with stress so the only way to get me to stop would be to remove the stress. How to do that I don't know. If I ever found that out I'd do it only recreationally, drinking and smoking with friends who do it instead of feeling the intense urge to do it when I feel stressed.

We all need ways to deal with stress and I empathize more with any smoker than any of those hardcore anti-smoking people out there. I don't feel the desire nor the need, that doesn't mean I want it to go away. If it is eating unhealthy food, smoking, drinking of my personal one, coffee we all find out ways to deal with stress. Now I am currently on that high note since coffee is currently believed to reduce risk of heart diseases unlike smoking and sugar which is being treated as more deadly than cyanide right now, but it's all the same.

If it were hurting me and someone informed me about it I would still need to deal with the stress somehow. You have smoking, I have coffee and I respect your decision and I loathe the anti-smoking people. Over here they recently made it so you can't smoke at a bus stop. Nor can you smoke on government property and not during work hours. I don't like it despite the fact that I don't like smoking. I can avoid smokers while they smoke without any problems.

Yopaz:

I hate anti-smoking ads, I hate the scare tactics, I hate the bloated statistics and fault conclusions in so many of them. Give people the information about the dangers, label the packages and let people choose. I don't need to see a smokers lung or brain to know smoking is harmful and the truth is that quite a few would be disgusted just seeing a healthy man's lung anyway, smoker or not.

In the best case I think that anti-smoking ads have much the same effect as a bad hangover. You swear you'll never drink again, but then it passes and you break that promise and you drink again. Worst case scenario would be smoking out of spite.

Thank you! I think the most insipid thing they do is show a smoking habit to be more than it is, they turn it into this huge "Addiction". Speaking as someone who smokes regularly, knows people who smoke, and have quit smoking, I can honestly say that they're full of shit. The addictive quality of tobacco is a mental addiction; there is no physical quality to it, there are no withdrawals, and no huge cravings, except what you create. Either that or my family, my friends, and myself are Übermensches, because I know people who have quit and all they did was put their cigarettes down and that was it, no withdrawals, no massive craving, just a big pile of meh. I quit smoking twice, once for financial reasons, and the other time, because I was bored of smoking, no that's not bullshit, I was just bored with smoking, so I stopped until I was bored with not smoking, then I got bored again, now I just smoke a pipe and cigars, and rarely cigarettes, and even my pipe and cigar smoking is starting to fall victim to my apathy, despite my active fight against it.

I agree that smoking isn't all that great an idea, but isn't this something that parents should talk with their children about?

Also, if i'm not mistaken then a pack of cigarettes cost somewhere around 13 euro or 18 dollars in sweden, and I assume that people have to be at the age of 18 in order to actually buy them in the first place?

Yopaz:

Xan Krieger:

Yopaz:

Honestly, I have never smoked, never had the desire to smoke, never think I will smoke and I try to keep a distance from people or at least in the correct wind so I don't breathe in too much of it when I do and I agree with you.

I hate anti-smoking ads, I hate the scare tactics, I hate the bloated statistics and fault conclusions in so many of them. Give people the information about the dangers, label the packages and let people choose. I don't need to see a smokers lung or brain to know smoking is harmful and the truth is that quite a few would be disgusted just seeing a healthy man's lung anyway, smoker or not.

In the best case I think that anti-smoking ads have much the same effect as a bad hangover. You swear you'll never drink again, but then it passes and you break that promise and you drink again. Worst case scenario would be smoking out of spite.

Here's the way I work, I smoke or drink as a coping mechanism to deal with stress so the only way to get me to stop would be to remove the stress. How to do that I don't know. If I ever found that out I'd do it only recreationally, drinking and smoking with friends who do it instead of feeling the intense urge to do it when I feel stressed.

We all need ways to deal with stress and I empathize more with any smoker than any of those hardcore anti-smoking people out there. I don't feel the desire nor the need, that doesn't mean I want it to go away. If it is eating unhealthy food, smoking, drinking of my personal one, coffee we all find out ways to deal with stress. Now I am currently on that high note since coffee is currently believed to reduce risk of heart diseases unlike smoking and sugar which is being treated as more deadly than cyanide right now, but it's all the same.

If it were hurting me and someone informed me about it I would still need to deal with the stress somehow. You have smoking, I have coffee and I respect your decision and I loathe the anti-smoking people. Over here they recently made it so you can't smoke at a bus stop. Nor can you smoke on government property and not during work hours. I don't like it despite the fact that I don't like smoking. I can avoid smokers while they smoke without any problems.

Funny thing is if you were to smoke in a building and it gets in the rug and walls what do you tell people who are allergic to it. Like me for example, I had to at least crack my window or blast the AC for the first few years I had my first car because of how much my parents smoked in it. I don't care if people smoke honestly, but don't expect me to be happy if I have to deal with dry mouth or coughing because you want to smoke inside (I flat out refused to drive with my dad if he smoked because I was coughing so much it was screwing with my driving). It's not like you drinking coffee can cause a allergic reaction to the person next to you.

Also that "I can avoid smokers while they smoke without any problems" is interesting. Because if my Team Lead had his way and could smoke right next to me as much as he does in our section I would have to request moving to another part of that room. And the funny part is each team as at least one smoker so no you can't really avoid it.

BoredRolePlayer:

Yopaz:

Xan Krieger:
Here's the way I work, I smoke or drink as a coping mechanism to deal with stress so the only way to get me to stop would be to remove the stress. How to do that I don't know. If I ever found that out I'd do it only recreationally, drinking and smoking with friends who do it instead of feeling the intense urge to do it when I feel stressed.

We all need ways to deal with stress and I empathize more with any smoker than any of those hardcore anti-smoking people out there. I don't feel the desire nor the need, that doesn't mean I want it to go away. If it is eating unhealthy food, smoking, drinking of my personal one, coffee we all find out ways to deal with stress. Now I am currently on that high note since coffee is currently believed to reduce risk of heart diseases unlike smoking and sugar which is being treated as more deadly than cyanide right now, but it's all the same.

If it were hurting me and someone informed me about it I would still need to deal with the stress somehow. You have smoking, I have coffee and I respect your decision and I loathe the anti-smoking people. Over here they recently made it so you can't smoke at a bus stop. Nor can you smoke on government property and not during work hours. I don't like it despite the fact that I don't like smoking. I can avoid smokers while they smoke without any problems.

Funny thing is if you were to smoke in a building and it gets in the rug and walls what do you tell people who are allergic to it. Like me for example, I had to at least crack my window or blast the AC for the first few years I had my first car because of how much my parents smoked in it. I don't care if people smoke honestly, but don't expect me to be happy if I have to deal with dry mouth or coughing because you want to smoke inside (I flat out refused to drive with my dad if he smoked because I was coughing so much it was screwing with my driving). It's not like you drinking coffee can cause a allergic reaction to the person next to you.

Also that "I can avoid smokers while they smoke without any problems" is interesting. Because if my Team Lead had his way and could smoke right next to me as much as he does in our section I would have to request moving to another part of that room. And the funny part is each team as at least one smoker so no you can't really avoid it.

Now that is a matter of being considerate. I didn't say anything about smoking inside or being in your face about it. I said I stay away from people who smoke while they do smoke. That may serve as a hint that I do not appreciate breathing in smoke fumes. I have asthma so I take great care in staying away.

I'm in the group of people who should stay away from second hand smoke yet I do not condemn smoking on its own.

Honestly I could go into details here, but I have kinda written all of what I am saying in this post before already. You simply don't seem to care. All you know is that you don't like smoking, I don't condemn thus I must be super duper in love with the idea of people smoking wherever they want. NOT what I said and I have in fact said it several times that I don't like smoking. Seriously did READ my post before you decided that I was wrong or did you just watch some exaggerated "Smoking kills" propaganda while covering your eyes to the fact that there are NUANCES in the world. Smoking isn't good, no-one will tell you that. You shouldn't breathe in second hand smoke, no-one will tell you that. Smoking once a week doesn't mean you're going to die of lung cancer, anti-smoking ads WILL tell you that. That's why I hate anti-smoking ads. So if you could please read my posts in the future that would be swell and please don't insert imaginary opinions in my posts in the future, OK?

Hiding fear behind the cigarette? People actually cope with their *fears* by using cigarettes? I have never heard of this.

I'm a heavy smoker, I have a couple of phobias (resulting in either blackouts, panic or breaking down sobbing) and a severe depression but the worst that happens if I don't smoke, is that I get irritated.
The only thing that makes my actual fears go away is alcohol and I avoid it under those circumstances, though it's seriously tempting.

Regarding this "clinic" and those crappy ads that we're subjected to on an almost daily basis...
Everyone knows that it's unhealthy to smoke, but not everyone knows the horror of seeing a person wilting in front of your eyes from lung cancer, the treatments and the psychological damage all of it puts on a person.
I've seen a healthy family friend shrink to less than 40kg, a formerly vital and strong man who had room in his heart for everyone he met as well as their troubles. I've seen my mother wither away to nothing with no strength or love of life and just give up.

Poor health, yellow teeth, saggy skin and all that shit is just to get attention from vain people in the hope of stopping their habit, but it's the cancer that makes people start clinics and try to hammer it into our skulls that it's no fucking joke.

And yet I still smoke, because my life is shit right now and this habit is the least of my current worries. Maybe I'll quit soon, but I have no interest in it right now.

On a completely different note, "Fear clinic" is a really crappy name. It's almost as bad the power company in my country "DONG Energy". I kid you not.

So, serious question, is there a human on this planet who smokes and does NOT know that smoking is indeed bad for people?

Yopaz:

BoredRolePlayer:

Yopaz:

We all need ways to deal with stress and I empathize more with any smoker than any of those hardcore anti-smoking people out there. I don't feel the desire nor the need, that doesn't mean I want it to go away. If it is eating unhealthy food, smoking, drinking of my personal one, coffee we all find out ways to deal with stress. Now I am currently on that high note since coffee is currently believed to reduce risk of heart diseases unlike smoking and sugar which is being treated as more deadly than cyanide right now, but it's all the same.

If it were hurting me and someone informed me about it I would still need to deal with the stress somehow. You have smoking, I have coffee and I respect your decision and I loathe the anti-smoking people. Over here they recently made it so you can't smoke at a bus stop. Nor can you smoke on government property and not during work hours. I don't like it despite the fact that I don't like smoking. I can avoid smokers while they smoke without any problems.

Funny thing is if you were to smoke in a building and it gets in the rug and walls what do you tell people who are allergic to it. Like me for example, I had to at least crack my window or blast the AC for the first few years I had my first car because of how much my parents smoked in it. I don't care if people smoke honestly, but don't expect me to be happy if I have to deal with dry mouth or coughing because you want to smoke inside (I flat out refused to drive with my dad if he smoked because I was coughing so much it was screwing with my driving). It's not like you drinking coffee can cause a allergic reaction to the person next to you.

Also that "I can avoid smokers while they smoke without any problems" is interesting. Because if my Team Lead had his way and could smoke right next to me as much as he does in our section I would have to request moving to another part of that room. And the funny part is each team as at least one smoker so no you can't really avoid it.

Now that is a matter of being considerate. I didn't say anything about smoking inside or being in your face about it. I said I stay away from people who smoke while they do smoke. That may serve as a hint that I do not appreciate breathing in smoke fumes. I have asthma so I take great care in staying away.

I'm in the group of people who should stay away from second hand smoke yet I do not condemn smoking on its own.

Honestly I could go into details here, but I have kinda written all of what I am saying in this post before already. You simply don't seem to care. All you know is that you don't like smoking, I don't condemn thus I must be super duper in love with the idea of people smoking wherever they want. NOT what I said and I have in fact said it several times that I don't like smoking. Seriously did READ my post before you decided that I was wrong or did you just watch some exaggerated "Smoking kills" propaganda while covering your eyes to the fact that there are NUANCES in the world. Smoking isn't good, no-one will tell you that. You shouldn't breathe in second hand smoke, no-one will tell you that. Smoking once a week doesn't mean you're going to die of lung cancer, anti-smoking ads WILL tell you that. That's why I hate anti-smoking ads. So if you could please read my posts in the future that would be swell and please don't insert imaginary opinions in my posts in the future, OK?

1)Wow dude I did not imply you were a lover of smoking or people who smoke, point out where I said that since you act like I did. Nor do I shame people for smoking (hint: "I don't care if people smoke honestly, but don't expect me to be happy if I have to deal with dry mouth or coughing because you want to smoke inside"). It seems you went a bit off the deep end there assuming that because I don't want to be around people smoking because I'm allergic to it when I've been in multiple situations unable to avoid it or if smoking in buildings was a think I could work at my current job.

2)I'm mostly was talking about the you saying "I can avoid smokers while they smoke without any problems." My whole post in response that is you don't always have that option to avoid it. Like I said if people where allowed to smoke in the room I work in, with how many smoke I could not be in that room at all. I would have to work in a room where no one smokes and good luck on a government base. And also this statement "Nor can you smoke on government property" is not true, you can not smoke X number of feet from a building and it isn't just because second hand smoke it's because you can (and it has happen) cause a fire.

BoredRolePlayer:
It seems you went a bit off the deep end there assuming that because I don't want to be around people smoking because I'm allergic to it

I said I had asthma. I repeated it several times that I should stay away from second hand smoke in several different ways. You missed this despite me making a really good effort to stress that I should stay away from second hand smoke.

Again you inserted your own meaning to MY words. I told you to make an effort not to do so. You failed. I'm not going to discuss this with you since you can't discuss what I am saying and you try to discuss what you think I am saying.

Yopaz:

BoredRolePlayer:
It seems you went a bit off the deep end there assuming that because I don't want to be around people smoking because I'm allergic to it

I said I had asthma. I repeated it several times that I should stay away from second hand smoke in several different ways. You missed this despite me making a really good effort to stress that I should stay away from second hand smoke.

Again you inserted your own meaning to MY words. I told you to make an effort not to do so. You failed. I'm not going to discuss this with you since you can't discuss what I am saying and you try to discuss what you think I am saying.

Like I thought you couldn't point out where I said you were pro smoking.

Also like I said I am allergic to smoke, and like I was saying even if it lingers it can still screw with me. And like I was saying walking away from it isn't always an option. I was not inserting my meaning into your words, I was giving you an example for being able to walk away is not always possible (And to correct you on the "can not smoke on government property" comment you made). Instead you just back peddle and get defensive when someone doesn't agree with you.

BoredRolePlayer:
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Like I thought you couldn't point out where I said you were pro smoking.

You started this line of arguments yet you have ignored me every step of the way. You took the first swing while completely ignoring me inserting your own meaning. The ball has been in your court since this started. I have never said anything about the things you argue for so now I am going to put you on my ignore list because I know this isn't going anywhere. You had a chance to discuss this as a civilized adult and you chose to discuss it just like any other internet discussion. If it makes you feel good, superior, strong, mature, consider this a victory that you can tell your grandchildren about. It's your choice if you want to say you won by default by being the superior übermench that you obviously are or by default because your opponent was weak and unskilled. You did win at least, congratulations.

 

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