I am Sadie Calvano, the young actress who plays J. Edgar’s niece in the soon to be released bio-epic, J. EDGAR. 

In the movie, I act as if smoking is cool, and try smoking a Lucky Strike with my uncle.  But, when I am not acting, I think smoking is majorly UNCOOL – and would never smoke a cigarette – even if it was with Leonardi DiCapprio!

The cigarettes we used on the set were props, made of some sort of herbal mixture that doesn’t fill your lungs with tar and nicotine but, if you haven’t heard – the real ones can kill you.

According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 3,000 young people become regular smokers every day, which is more than one million new smokers a year!   The CDC also reports that Teens who smoke are three times as likely as nonsmokers to use alcohol, eight times as likely to use marijuana, and 22 times as likely to use cocaine.  Smoking is also associated with numerous other high risk behaviors, including fighting and having unprotected sex.’  (Information taken from an About.com article by Vincent Iannelli, M.D.)

Enough boring details, bottom line: smoking is GROSS! It smells bad, it makes your teeth and nails yellow and it puts the people around you, who have to breathe your second-hand smoke, at risk. 

I remember when I was about 8 years old going to see this exhibit at the Museum of Natural History and they had a smoker’s lung that was all black and disgusting.  The docent told us that if you smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for a year, it was the same as drinking a whole cup of tar! How gross is that?

I like Steve’s Martin’s line.  When someone asks you, “Mind if I smoke?”  Just reply, “No, mind if I fart?”  At least the farting won’t kill you!