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Make Ugly Contest - Undead by ArtistMeli Make Ugly Contest - Undead by ArtistMeli
"1 in 3 teens who begin smoking eventually die from tobacco-related disease."

More than a decade ago, a good friend of mine lost her mother to throat cancer. She was told she had a year to live unless she quit smoking. She tried, but said it was just too hard. She passed away almost exactly a year from that prognosis.

Last December, I lost my uncle to lung cancer. He'd been a smoker from a very young age. After years of fighting it, he lost the battle.

Right now, my fiance's uncle is battling lung cancer. He's in the middle of radiation treatments. He's smoked since his teens. He's trying to quit, but he still has one now and then.

It was really important for me to enter this contest, because I do not want to lose ONE more person I care about to cigarettes. Wake up, people. Stop ignoring this.
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Ayachi-chan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite a bit of my family smokes and I live in constant fear that I'll lose one of them real soon. My father is a smoker and I know that he's cutting back but I'm always fearful of what could happen. I really love this piece and this contest states a great point. Good luck Meli!
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ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much, the whole issue is really important to me. I really hope your dad continues to cut back and is able to phase it out of his life altogether some day.  It's awful to see so many people fall victim to something like that voluntarily, and there's not a lot we can do about it if they don't want to quit.  I wish there was a way to get rid of cigarettes altogether, so no one ever had to lose a loved one to them again.  In the meantime, I just hope projects like this can make people really stop and *think* about what they're doing to their bodies, and I'd be happy if that helps even one person quit.
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mishihime Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you smoke, think of the people around you. You are directly hurting them.

Smoking WILL kill you early. When that happens, who will protect and care for your children, lover, family members, pets? Don't let some stupid cigarette hurt them when you can help it. Don't let your friends ruin their body and their beauty because of this. You can protect them, save them and yourself. No one has to be manipulated by some company or be a slave to a product anymore. There is help. This will work if you keep trying. www.chantix.com/

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KaySand Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Ahhh. The moment when you realize someone had the exact same idea as you, and TOTALLY blew yours out of the water. Love it. Seriously LOVE it. Yours is pretty much what I wanted mine to turn out like, but didn't quite reach.
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ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man, I'm usually on your end of the situation! XD I really like yours, too.  We both have the same subject matter, but the way you framed yours gives it a totally different feel.  It's more personal with yours, since it's more close up... it's like when you look at a yearbook years later, and realize that kid died since the last time you looked through the yearbook.  Really jarring.  Great job with conveying that feelilng!

Keep making art, and before you know it somebody will be sending you the same message.  ^_^
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KaySand Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Thanks for the encouragement. Maybe one day I'll get there and be able to get that sweet end of the lollipop. :)
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AungiesArt Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student General Artist
this is awesome :0 it's totally original and I love the colors
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ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  I was really on the fence about the neon colors, but in the end I felt like it needed the contrast.  I'm glad it turned out well! :D
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AungiesArt Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student General Artist
you're welcome ^_^ it did turn out really great
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hell0z0mbie Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
This is really cool! It's a great concept, and really well done!!
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