Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Fewer teens lighting up due to absence of cartoon camels

A new federal study shows that fewer teenagers are smoking these days.
This was the eighth consecutive year that smoking rates among surveyed teens dropped, a turnaround that began in 1996 among students in grades eight and 10 and a year later among 12th-graders.

Researchers credited higher cigarette prices, tighter marketing practices, anti-smoking ads and withdrawal of the Joe Camel logo among the reasons smoking has fallen out of favor with more teens.

Because, you know, kids just won't be interested in something unless there's an anthropomorphized dromedary associated with it.


At 5:00 PM, Blogger thane777 said...

This is one of those "good news, bad news" type of situations. The good news is that fewer teens are smoking. The bad news is that the federal government paid someone to drum up the notion that it was due to the absence of Joe Camel.

We here report after report pointing to this or that federal study and it makes me wonder where we can find out who got paid to do said study and how much did they get.



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