Anti-Smoking ads not so anti-

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Media, That's Entertainment

If a new study from the Oregon State University is correct, all those anti-smoking ads put out by the tobacco industry don't work so good. In fact, they may very well encourage smoking among some teens. One hundred thousand high school students were surveyed to determine their attitudes toward smoking. Apparently, the ads weren't doing their job.

Philip Morris, on the other hand, says it ain't so, that they've spent a billion dollars to develop the advertising campaigns. They also claim they have research that proves their ads work. I think I have to go with the university researchers on this one. Remembering that there's no such thing as bad publicity, I think that the tobacco companies are quite happy to put their name out there even in a negative way. Because, after all, everyone knows the best way to get a rebellious teenager to do something is to tell them not to.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.