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Smoke and Mirrors Part 1 

We all know that smoking is bad for your health, but it wasn’t all that long ago when most folks didn’t know that. 53-year-old Steve Faloon started smoking when he was 14 years old. Hey says, “When I started working in television, you could smoke while running a camera. Hosts smoked while on set on air. It was common to see people on Johnny Carson of the Tonight Show having a cigarette on the air, with each other lighting each other up. Airplanes, restaurants, there was no place that smoking was not considered acceptable it was just part of the culture and the climate.” It wasn’t until 1964 that the surgeon general’s report came out, saying officially that tobacco smoke is dangerous. In 1969, Congress proposed a ban on all cigarette advertising on TV and radio. By then, Faloon was more than hooked. The 1972 Surgeon General’s report became the first of a series of science-based reports to identify environmental tobacco smoke as a health risk to non-smokers. Something the University of Maine had in mind when the President announced starting in 2011, UMaine will be a tobacco free campus. In Maine, you haven’t been able to smoke in a public place since 2004, and smoking in cars with anyone under the age of 16 was banned in 2008. Today, Faloon watches the smoking culture change at an anti-substance concert. He wants these students to have the ability to make an informed decision, an opportunity he wasn’t granted at their age. Hey says,”Tobacco won’t affect your life in a day or a week or a month. We’re talking years out, but hopefully we all get to that point and the payoff is huge. It’s health, it’s life, it’s family, it’s everything that’s good.”