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Tobacco companies who advertise 'Tell Your Kids Not to Smoke"?

What to you think of the RJ Reynolds TV ads that tell adults to talk to their kids about not smoking? At some point in time, all current smokers will be dead - trust me on this. Does it make sense that a big tobacco company would say 'future market share, don't buy our product'? Of course not. By the way, outside of the US, advertising regulations are much more lax. The tobacco companies are doing a very effective job targeting teens (especially young women) in Europe and Asia. If one child is spared by a 'don't smoke' message, then the campaign is worthwhile. But it isn't about that. It's about a megacompany wrapping the cloak of good corporate citizen around themselves (to comply with US ad laws) while exploiting the same (and bigger) audiences in foreign countries. Is anyone outraged by this spin?

Asked By: Joe D - 7/19/2006
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Those ads are not voluntary... More
Answered By: frugernity - 7/19/2006
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they are hypocrites, they put the signs where the kids can see them to create a friendly face for the cigarettes.
Answered By: Stacy R - 7/19/2006
 
When big tobacco lost the billion dollar plus lawsuit a few years back - part of the judgment was to fund non smoking ads and non smoking education programs at somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 mil per year. So they pay for the ads - while other companies actually produce them.
Answered By: Mike K - 7/19/2006
 
i guess we can be thankful our children are protected somewhat here in u. s.. with chidren just showing a do not smoke ad makes them to want to know why. so they try smoking to answer there curiousity. then they are hooked. that's what the tobacco companies are hoping for.
Answered By: tall5562 - 7/19/2006
 
Its just another tactic by a huge corporation to try to trick America. Unfortunately, Im sure it works on some people. It is absolutely rediculous and you would hope people would see through the insincerity of this campaign.
Answered By: drunkbomber - 7/19/2006
 
They are nothing but "soft drug dealers... More
Answered By: iposhrat - 7/21/2006
 
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