The more exposure middle school students have to anti-smoking ads, the more likely they are to smoke, according to a new University of Georgia study.
Hye-Jin Paek, an assistant professor at UGA, found that many anti-smoking ad campaigns have the opposite effect on teenagers, backfiring because they actually encourage the rebellious nature of youth.
"They don't want to hear what they should do or not do," Paek said.
Especially from the government. And all these restrictive, over-the-top anti-smoking ordinances are only fueling the next generation of cancer victims (speaking as a patron saint, I can assure you that Nancy Reagan's appearance on "Diff'rent Strokes" induced me to buy a crack pipe the next day). Surprisingly enough, I can't find that clip online, but I'm not a complete tease.