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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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They have to make themselves look good in the eye of the public. They know teens are affected by peer pressure and a majority of those that they give the message "don't smoke" to will probably end up smoking just for the simple fact that they were told not to and the teen is a rebellious sort. They do just the opposite... More
Answered By: windandwater - 7/19/2006
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I think it's great that they are telling teens not to smoke also you've asked this same question like 8 times what is so bad about a company incouraging children not to smoke when they are underage?
Answered By: Angel Baby - 7/19/2006
 
Its been done for years. they have to do it for their PR. If youre that outraged, maybe you should start a campaign about it with just those facts.... Although most people know about the spin... The problem is parents need to be a bigger influence in their kid's lives. I'm not outraged.
Answered By: Bo peep - 7/19/2006
 
No. I'm not enraged by this advertising spin. I'm a non-smoker and any help to get parents talking to kids or kids talking to other kids about not smoking, the better. On the other hand, it's also negative because although the ads are helping the Tobacco companies comply with the law, but it could potentially be... More
Answered By: wickedvicked1 - 7/19/2006
 
Many of us know that they are only sending these messages in order to avoid future payments. Whether it would be to the cancer victims families in a class action suit or to the government in a claim that due to the increase in health costs we have to make you pay... More
Answered By: kat - 7/20/2006
 
I totally agree and have been smoke free now for 5 weeks. I run everyday and feel great that I don't smoke... More
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