This survey is that after analyzing several videos, newspapers, and magazines from the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, including those produced by TNS, AANR and FCN, I discovered that out of approximately 7000 people depicted showing the nudist/naturist lifestyle, only 25 were shown smoking a cigarette or pipe. That works out to 0.36%.
The conclusion is that either smoking is very rare amongst nudists/naturists, especially within club settings, OR, materials chosen to depict the nudist/naturist lifestyle may deliberately avoid presenting images of people who smoke, indicating that smoking in nudist/naturist settings is unacceptable and undesireable.
Survey by Merv Krull.
A Survey of the Number of Nudists/Naturists Depicted Smoking in a Random Selection of Nudist and Naturist Media.
The purpose of this survey is to determine whether smoking is acceptable or desirable within a nudist/naturist setting based on images representing and promoting nude recreation. Materials selected were created by leading nudist/naturist organizations and producers.
Media/Publication #of people #smoking percent The Bulletin, Dec 98 192+ 0 0% American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR), Kissimmee, Florida, USA The Bulletin, Nov 98 170+ 0 0% ibid. AANR Promotional Video: Welcome to Our World 232+ 2 (maybe) 0.86% Amalgam Productions Calgary, Alberta 1987(?) Going Natural, Fall 98 294+ 1 (maybe) 0.34% Federation of Canadian Naturists Etobicoke, Ontario, Going Natural, Summer 98 500+*6 0 0% ibid. Australian Sun & Health, Oct/Dec 92 220+ 0*4 0% L&J Hotchkin, Fast Proof Press Nerang, Queensland, Australia Australian Sun & Health, Jul/Sep 92 282+ 0 0% ibid., Au Naturel, Spring 86 96+ 0 0% Federation quebecoise de naturisme Les Enterprise Quebec Compo Inc. St Leonard, Quebec Au Naturel, Fall 86 58+ 0 0% ibid. New Zealand Naturist, March 92 154+ 0 0% New Zealand Nudist Federation Graeme Brown, Editor New Zealand Naturist, Sept 92, 64+ 0 0% ibid. Naturally, Spring 93, 141+ 0 0% Bernard J. Loibl, Editor/Publisher Newfoundland, New Jersey, USA Naturally, Summer 93, 170+ 0 0% ibid. Video preview: Bare and Beautiful 45+ 0 0% Skinny-Dipping Productions New York, New York 1994(?) Video preview: Joy of Skinny Dipping 66+ 0 0% ibid. Video: The Sensual Art of Body Painting 176+ 2 1.14%*1 ibid. Video: The Joy of Skinny Dipping 1045+*3 6 0.6% ibid. Video: Cypress Cove 412+ 0*2 0% Randy Carver for Sun Cove of Kissimmee, Inc. Kissimmee, Florida, USA 1991 . Video: Canada Naturally 576+ 14 (maybe)*5 0.17% David Ball Heritage International 1993 TNS Promotional Video: Experience the Freedom 257+ 0 0% The Naturist Society Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA 1991 "N" magazine 18.1 804+ 0 0% ibid. "N" magazine 18.2 835+ 0 0% ibid. ____________________________________________________________________________ TOTALS 6989+ 25 (maybe) 0.36% -The percentage of nudists/naturists depicted smoking in all of the above materials is equal to or less than 0.36% or almost four out of one thousand. -The rate of nudists/naturists depicted smoking in materials produced by nudist/naturist organizations is 0.07% or almost one out of one thousand. *1 Includes a lot of footage of Fantasy Fest, a public (non-club) event where one would expect to see more smoking. *2 One pack of cigarettes can be seen on a patio table. *3 Includes scenes from Euronat's huge beach and camp proper. Rumour says that the rate of smoking in Europe is higher than in North America. This video did not support the rumour.. *4 One ashtray on a bar had a cigarette sitting on it. *5 Most smokers were in a crowd watching a nude wedding. *6 Includes an approximation of the number of people on Wreck Beach as depicted in the ad for FCN's Canadian Guide To Naturist Resorts and Beaches. I looked at the original copy to determine an estimate of the total number of people and I could not find anyone clearly shown smoking. Note: The total number of nudists/naturists is approximate only. This includes advertisements and artistic portrayals, and does not include children who appear to be under the age of 18. The actual number is probably higher as noted by the + sign. Attempts were made to avoid counting the same people twice. For example, in a series of photos of a beach, an approximate total of clearly seen people on the beach was determined and no additional counting was done for the rest of the series. Total number of people clearly depicted smoking was relatively easy except as noted (maybe) where one or two were given the benefit of the doubt. There was only one image of someone smoking a pipe in all of these materials. It was also discovered that throughout all of these nudist/naturist materials, drinking of alcoholic beverages was shown as being limited to special places, special occasions, or dining. Only three people (out of a total of 6989+) were seen carrying a beer in general areas of camps. Conclusions: Either smoking is very rare amongst nudists/naturists, especially within club settings, OR materials chosen to depict the nudist/naturist lifestyle may deliberately avoid presenting images of people who smoke, indicating that smoking in nudist/naturist settings is unacceptable and undesirable. The national rate of smoking in Canada is approximately 27% (Health Canada). It is probably safe to assume that the rate in the United States is very similar. One would expect to find a similar rate amongst nudist/naturist materials unless there was some compelling reason for the difference. People become members of nudist/naturist organizations by choice. Nudist/naturist organizations generally promote healthy lifestyles. A part of that choice then, must be to pursue a healthy lifestyle. The survey of this material very clearly indicates that smoking does not fit the image of healthy, wholesome nude recreation: smoking and nudism/naturism do not mix. Survey by Merv Krull January 5, 1999
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