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September 5, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Shocker:

Picture warnings on cigarette packets depicting the dangers of smoking make little impact on teenage smokers, a study suggests.

The UK introduced the images, which depict things such as diseased lungs and heart surgery, in 2008.

But the Stirling University study, which involved 2,800 children, found the images have had almost no effect on deterring 11 to 16-year-old smokers.

Smoking used to be seen as cool, and lots of young people (who became older people) smoked. Now it’s seen as kind of sad, and far fewer young people smoke. So do a lot fewer older people. In certain subcultures smoking is still seen as cool, and more of those people smoke. It’s pretty much that simple. Cultural change works, hectoring and nannying don’t.

As for gruesome images, kids do think those are cool. I filled my teen years watching classic movies like I Dismember Mama and The Incredible Melting Man precisely because they were gruesome.

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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Yeah, teens are kinda dumb about a lot of stuff. Smoking, marijuana, drugs, sex, and more. Their brains haven't matured enough for them to fully understand the consequences of some behaviors.
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A kid doesn't think the grody lungs on the cigarette pack are HIS grody lungs. Same as the dead people in the auto accident pictures aren't HIM. That's just how things look when you're 16.
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How about just listing the additives in cigarettes:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_additives_in_cigarettes

Yum, ammonia!
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Reminds me of the old saying, "It's a shame youth is wasted on the young."
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