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The Surprising Similarities Between Smokers and Porn Performers

By July 6, 2018 No Comments

Your favorite non-Netflix TV show has you on the edge of your seat. The show’s hero has five minutes to disable the missile launch codes before all chaos breaks loose. But in order to see whether the hero is able to save the city, you must first confront the rare but inevitable and annoying commercial break that follows your show’s cliff-hanger.

The first commercial you see, however, is different from the rest. It makes your stomach drop and your heartbreak at the same time. A 51-year-old woman, Terrie, with a hole in her throat shows up on screen. In a raspy, barely audible voice, Terrie describes what it is like to live as a former smoker: the oral cancer, throat cancer, and more.

The graphic anti-smoking commercials of this generation, such as the one described above, have provided would-be smokers everywhere with insight into the dangers of life as a smoker. This valuable information runs counter to the 1900’s perception that a life of smoking is glamorous and even healthy.

Consider how history may be repeating itself—not in the tobacco industry, but in the porn industry. In fact, the life of a porn performer today is surprisingly comparable in principle to the life of a smoker from the 1900’s.

Do smokers and performers “deserve what they get?”

Check out this comment from one of our Facebook posts:

Should we blame every porn performer for all the abuse, exploitation, and mistreatment they face by entering the industry?

We understand that people’s stories and backgrounds are unique, and this leads to a variety of different reasons that people may start smoking or enter into the porn industry. But we invite you to consider how performers and smokers alike do not deserve the physical and mental difficulties that often result because of their profession or habit, respectively.

Here’s an important fact: the rational part of a human’s brain isn’t fully developed until age 25 or so.

It’s a sad reality that performers generally get into the porn industry at ages when their brains are not yet fully developed, and thus they are unable to fully comprehend the toll that working in the porn industry may take on their bodies and mental health. The same could be said of smokers, who often start smoking at such young ages that they can’t understand the harm they’re doing from the start.

Related: Does The Porn Industry Use “Tobacco Industry Tactics” To Hide The Dark Truth?

The average porn performer begins performing at age 22 and the average smoker begins smoking well before age 18, yet, according to research we stated before, the brain isn’t fully developed until halfway through the third decade of life.

This means adolescents and young adults choosing to perform and smoke are often doing so with their amygdalae instead of their prefrontal cortexes. Or, in other words, they’re making these life-altering decisions with the emotional part of their brain rather than the rational, decision-making part of their brain.

That’s important because, as we suggested earlier, it points to the fact that someone at age 18, or even age 22, isn’t necessarily able to fully comprehend the physical and mental expense that performing in the porn industry or smoking may take on their body.

And what’s more than their incapability of understanding big life choices are these industries’ notorious agendas to hide the truth about their products.

The glamorous facade for porn and smoking

The porn and tobacco industries have done similarly masterful jobs of marketing themselves in a way that hides “the dark truth” for porn performers, porn consumers, and smokers. And, unfortunately, our culture has only served to further spread the lies these industries have promoted and are currently promoting.

Let’s go back in time for a moment. The 1900’s smoking culture marketed the smoker life as one that was glamorous and progressive in nature. Not only did the tobacco industry sell the smoking life as an American ideal, but the industry with the help of pop culture also marketed the activity of smoking as a sign of liberation for women—cigarettes were known as their “torches of freedom.”

Related: Why Internet Porn Is The New Tobacco

Today, you probably know that the smoking lifestyle is most definitely not glamorous, nor is it progressive. If anything, it’s been made to look pretty uncool because of what you know smoking can do to a person and how you know it can ruin their health.

The life of a porn performer today is likewise celebrated like smoking once was. Having exaggerated sex on tape is sold as an empowering career choice, even while sex trafficking is a regular issue in the industry and consumers often see women as nothing more than objects.

But that just isn’t true.

Related: XXX Warning: Like Cigarettes, Porn Needs A Health Warning Label

Not only are porn performers struggling to make money—labeled as the number one reason why women enter the industry by ResearchGate—but they also face increased risks of physical abuse, non-consensual violence, high likelihood of STIs because of lack of protection, drug usage to cope with the toxic lifestyle and pain of performing, and mental abuse or illness.

With little research, it becomes obvious how the glamorous, sexy perceptions being pushed by both the porn and tobacco industries draw in porn performers and consumers, as well as smokers in a way that blinds them from fully understanding what they are getting themselves into.

Life after smoking and performing

Porn performers and smokers alike often carry with them a multitude of unexpected—but inevitable—health repercussions that will follow and affect them for the rest of their lives.

Take it from Terrie, whose anti-smoking commercial we recounted earlier.

Take it from ex-porn performer, Shelley Lubben, who states that her life after porn included STDs, PTSD, in addition to “all kinds of disorders (and) serious traumas.”

Take it from ex-porn performer Jessica, who shared her story with us.

The smoking life is definitely not what it was once chalked up to be, and we’d like to suggest to you that the porn is no different—anything but glamorous, and definitely not worth the risks or your time.

Society has caught up with the truth about cigarettes, and would-be smokers have become more than aware of the risks. The same can’t be said of porn—yet. Science has caught up with the truth about porn, but society is still slowly but surely catching up with science.

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