Tobacco companies that tell teens 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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I agree that the cigarette companies are using such self... More
Answered By: Christine C - 7/19/2006
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Answered By: Laura - 7/19/2006
I may be reading more into the ads than is actually there, but I really think the kids who say "no" in those ads are kind of dorky. Dorkier than the ones that ask them to smoke with them. What kind of message does that send to regular kids?
Answered By: cucumberlarry1 - 7/19/2006
They know that if parents start lecturing their kids a lot about smoking the kids are more likely to rebel and try it.
Answered By: mmchick06 - 7/19/2006
At some point in time ALL NON-SMOKERS will be dead too. So what is your point. PARENTS should do their job and teach their kids that smoking is bad for you. DON'T blame the tobacco companies.
Answered By: - 7/19/2006
... they will continue to make money regardless of how you feel about them ... try not to think about it if it's upsetting you ... try the Serenity Prayer ... try talking to your Doctor about it ... perhaps some medication ... you poor dear ...
Answered By: Santa's Helper - 7/19/2006
I am outraged. It reminds me of those ads where baby formula makers were telling third world women that formula was so much superior to b****t milk. As for the ads here, I don't know whether they are the reason or whether it is all the other anti-smoking campains, but our kids do seem to smoke less.
Answered By: fadia - 7/19/2006
"all current smokers will be dead - trust me on this... More
Answered By: ginandvodka - 7/19/2006
They are covering themselves for the future lawsuits that they have lost recently. If somebody gets lung cancer they can say they promoted abstinence from smoking. They even put pamphlets in the cigarette package that say Do not smoke this product!
Answered By: LN has3 zjc - 7/19/2006
i know what you are talking about. It is bizarre... More
Answered By: nickipettis - 7/19/2006
No, not outraged. I was a smoker for 30 years. 3-4 packs a day. I quit almost 4 months ago and am very happy for that but... More
Answered By: awakening1us - 7/19/2006
So, you want teens to smoke or no you don't want teens to smoke? Don't make it so compicated!
Answered By: chihibiya - 7/19/2006
they should......somkin for anyone is bad!!!!
Answered By: ghettogal12k - 7/19/2006
"At some point in time all current smokers will be dead" . News flash! At some point in time, all current non-smokers will be dead also! Sheesh... More
Answered By: Carole D - 7/19/2006
Governments need people to smoke as it generates so much money... More
Answered By: iposhrat - 7/21/2006
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