Our first projects obstruction is the same as Lars Von Triers rule of half a second footage.  We are allowed to use any forms of media platforms – Still & moving image and audio can be used. I think this first rule is really well thought out because it can test our skills in editing and how we can create something that contains a strong structure aswell.

Watching “The perfect human” has inspired me to do something around the habit of smoking. As a young adult, I’ve been brought up where smoking has suddenly become a really big issue for some, there has been bans and advertisement surrounding peer pressure of smoking. I have always been surrounded by smokers and to be fair, I’ve never had a really strong opinion about it because I didnt think about it much, fair enough I have been asked to join in the cult as often as imaginated but it has never bothered me that much. Till I moved to uni and found myself living with smokers who would go for a “fag break” every advert break.  So being in the 3rd year Ive learnt to realise the effects of heavy smoking. It really is an addiction from what I have seen. To me it is a spectacle because it is unusual.

So what are the harmful effects of smoking?

The website http://www.quit-smoking-stop.com suggests the following:

  • Every year hundreds of thousands of people around the world die from diseases caused by smokingSmoking KILLS.
  • One in two lifetime smokers will die from their habit. Half of these deaths will occur in middle age.
  • Tobacco smoke also contributes to a number of cancers.
  • The mixture of nicotine and carbon monoxide in each cigarette you smoke temporarily increases your heart rate and blood pressure, straining your heart and blood vessels.
  • This can cause heart attacks and stroke. It slows your blood flow, cutting off oxygen to your feet and hands. Some smokers end up having their limbs
  • Tar coats your lungs like soot in a chimney and causes cancer. A 20-a-day smoker breathes in up to a full cup (210 g) of tar in a year.
  • Changing to low-tar cigarettes does not help because smokers usually take deeper puffs and hold the smoke in for longer, dragging the tar deeper into their lungs.
  • Carbon monoxide robs your muscles, brain and body tissue of oxygen, making your whole body and especially your heart work harder. Over time, your airways swell up and let less air into your lungs.
  • Smoking causes disease and is a slow way to die. The strain of smoking effects on the body often causes years of suffering. Emphysema is an illness that slowly rots your lungs. People with emphysema often get bronchitis again and again, and suffer lung and heart failure.
  • Lung cancer from smoking is caused by the tar in tobacco smoke. Men who smoke are ten times more likely to die from lung cancer than non-smokers.
  • Heart disease and strokes are also more common among smokers than non-smokers.
  • Smoking causes fat deposits to narrow and block blood vessels which leads to heart attack.
  • Smoking causes around one in five deaths from heart disease.
  • In younger people, three out of four deaths from heart disease are due to smoking.
  • Cigarette smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of low birth weight, prematurity, spontaneous abortion, and perinatal mortality in humans, which has been referred to as the fetal tobacco syndrome.

And this is only the effects for primary smokers, what about all the others that suffer it through second hand smoking?

Another reason why I have chosen to base my project around smoking is because there is a vast majority of research that I can find to help support my first piece.