This morning was a quiet, lazy, morning–MAM slept in, and I was able to read the Sunday paper before she woke up. Unheard of!
I was calm, cool, and leisurely reading my paper when I saw it. A picture of John Mellencamp sitting on the front of the Sunday magazine–holding a smoking cigarette. All of a sudden, I was mad. Steaming mad. Mad enough to write a letter to the editor:
I am writing to voice my disappointment in the picture of John Mellencamp on the cover of the IndySunday magazine.
Indiana ranks second in the nation behind Kentucky in adult smokers. More people die of lung cancer each year than the next three leading cancers-breast,colon, and prostate, combined. Hoosiers do not need to see home grown talent such as Mellencamp smoking.
Smoking costs every Hoosier in air quality, paying for smoking-related health care, and numerous other ways. The Indianapolis Star doesn’t need to glamorize smoking by putting a rock star on the cover of Sunday publication with a lit cigarette.
Indiana’s smoking rates will only decline with the unified efforts of parents, teachers, health care professionals and media. The Indianapolis Star should be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
All in a day’s relaxation. I’ll be getting back to my regularly scheduled lounging now.