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Criminalizing Cigarettes

Published on May 2nd, 2007 18:05

Anti-smoking campaigns can turn your darling cigarettes into thieves. One of the benefits of all the sums spent by various organizations and charities to study smoking is that we also get some unintended - but appropriate - results.

Thus it is known, for example, that just 17 percent of smoking high school students bought their cigarettes from stores.

That should seem good news at first sight for people concerned about the fact that smoking carries for kids: Fewer stores are selling cigarettes to minors.

But appearing in such severe conditions teenagers begin to seek alternative ways to get the tobacco and cigs. It is a curious bit of data about the smallest "point of access" by which high school students get cigarets. Some of the teenagers say they got their cigarettes by stealing them. The rate of students keeping to this way of cigarette purchasing increase yearly, as a result of continual anti-smoking propaganda in schools, on TV and throughout the Internet. Introducing the punishment for youth smoking led to the number of thieving teen smokers has more than doubled.

The consequence is inevitable. If you stop legal access to a popular product - it's illegal for under aged to buy tobacco -- illegal access will increase proportionally.

Cigarette stealing is not the only common way for kids to get cigarettes, but to the horror of the health department there is another officially pernicious practice: adults give cheap cigarettes to minors.

The mostly curious source and the field for further research is one that sounds so: "Borrowed them." It is unknown if the teens borrow the cigarettes more often from their friends or from adults, or from stores.