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At an art opening last night, I overheard a conversation by a woman who used to do research for a stop smoking campaign in Minnesota. County by county, people are electing to vote for legislature that bans smoking in public places.

This is no surprise. It’s going on all over the country, and causing quite a controversy.

What did surprise me was when I heard the woman say CSI: Miami and smoking ban in the same sentence. I’m a big fan of the original CSI. My ears stood at attention. That’s when I heard that one of the targeted TV audiences for the campaign to stop smoking ads is CSI: Miami.

“What?!” I thought. I pondered this as I stood admiring sandpaper textures and saturated color in an oil painting on a freshly painted wall.

CSI: Miami?

After further eavesdropping (vital tool in the arsenal of every creative writer), I heard the woman say that studies have shown that CSI: Miami has an audience with one of the highest numbers of smokers. I racked my brain trying to figure out why this would be true. Is it the tropical climate, David Caruso’s fiery hair, the hot, spring break, beach parties?

This may be all be hearsay. But I have to admit, I’m stumped. Smoker or non-smoker, I’m not judging. Does anyone have any ideas?

In spite of the smoking ban hoopla, the great American past time seems to be thriving. Though there are websites devoted to helping people quit, you might be surprised by the compelling, though questionable, List of Famous Smokers who didn’t let their dreams go up in smoke.

-posted on red Ravine, Sunday, May 20th, 2007

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