FDA launching $115M multimedia education campaign showing at-risk youth 'real cost' of smoking

  • Article by: MICHAEL FELBERBAUM , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 4, 2014 - 5:32 PM

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is using ads depicting wrinkled skin on youthful faces and teenagers paying for cigarettes with their teeth in a campaign to show the nation's young people the costs associated with smoking.

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Mark27Feb. 4, 14 7:45 AM

How delirious of a country are we that "teen smoking" continues to be our biggest national fear? And by the way, these campaigns have absolutely zero effect on youth smoking. Zero. They exist merely to keep the taxpayer-funded salaries of the parasitic antismoking agencies flowing.

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palsarFeb. 4, 14 7:56 AM

And like nobody can tell those wrinkles aren't photoshopped on that model in the photo.

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editor29Feb. 4, 1412:05 PM

These ads sound like updated versions of "Reefer Madness." And we all know how well that worked in getting people to lay off that fiendish marijuana.

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tranqwhlFeb. 4, 1412:23 PM

kids are invincible

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elind56Feb. 4, 1412:45 PM

Anti-smoking fanaticism knows no bounds. The truth about smoking (and second-hand-smoke) wasn't nearly scary enough so, to remain relevant (which keeps the funding rolling in) they now conjure up the scariest lies they can think of and present it as fact in public service messages such as these, all the while knowing full well that the last thing they want is for everybody to quit smoking because that would kill off their golden goose. What a racket.

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rlundl02Feb. 4, 14 2:18 PM

I have wrinkles like that and I never started smoking.

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ping303Feb. 4, 14 2:19 PM

What a waste of taxpayer dollars. Put the tobacco companies out of business and ban their cancer-causing products once and for all.

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rubybird74Feb. 4, 1411:38 PM

I've known a lot of smokers in my life and i used to be one myself. I've never seen anyone's teeth fall out due to smoking. Seems far-fetched to me. Maybe they should just focus on premature death instead of the science fiction stuff.

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DilbertFeb. 5, 14 7:26 AM

To really get to teens, scare tactics aren't credible. Better to use peer pressure - show some gal attracted to a guy - until she sees him light up a smoke - that sort of thing. It needs to be real. Smokers know it's bad for them, so do users of alcholic beverages. Peer pressure is a motivator that may start some kids smoking (to be 'cool'), it needs to turn around so that peer pressure shuns smoking.

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plizzoFeb. 5, 14 7:37 AM

Smoking takes decades to do harm. Teenage sex can cause harm within 9 months: a mouth to feed and no means of supporting a baby, meaning years of welfare dependence. Not to mention STDs. I would prefer to see the government spend money on an advertising campaign to reduce teen pregnancies which will have not much effect than on a teen smoking campaign which will have no effect.

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