Feb 24, 2005

Questionable Statistics

According to a recent study, the anti-smoking truth campaign deterred about 300,000 youths from smoking between 2000 and 2002. I'd love to know how they arrived at that number. I simply cannot believe that those ads prevented that many people from smoking. I think they're odious, maudlin commercials and I resent being told that cigarettes kill people. (Unless a gang of cigarettes gets together and starts roving the streets, beating people up, of course.) Otherwise, it's the indidividual's decision whether or not to smoke, keeping in mind that smoking may very well lead to a faster death.

Or maybe people are just turning to other alternatives, like this.

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