Hide the cigarettes

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Hide the cigarettes
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 1:14pm

According to this Health Day News article, if stores hide the cigarettes, kids are much less likely to try buying them. " U.S. teens are much less likely to buy cigarettes if they are hidden from view, new research suggests.

The study tracked the purchases of a group of adolescents as they "shopped" in several different virtual convenience stores that contained different cigarette sale scenarios. Some stores featured open displays of tobacco products for sale, while others strategically hid their cigarettes behind a cabinet. Similarly, cigarette advertising was either prominent, hidden or banned." more

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Registered: 10-08-2002
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 10:53am

I totally agree with a lot of this.....the only part is the peer pressure kids get as well as availabilty.  I would be out to the skating rink and the cigaratte machine would just be there.  My girlfriends would say something like "hey...we can pool our money and get some cigs."  We would do just that.  In the beginning, I didnt care one way or the other, but I wanted to fit in...and if we all did it, why...it was a social thing....and that made it ok.  I was not sneaking behind my friends backs....and sneaking behind my parents back was a rite of passage to being totally grownup.  Looking back, I can see the fallacy of my thinking, but it made sense at the time...and by the time I was 17, I was a smoker...without a desire to stop.  That took years of smoking to get that desire to stop. If we had not gotten easy access, would we have smoked?  Maybe..maybe not....but if they had been harder to get, we definately would have thought more about it...especially the getting in trouble part.  

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Registered: 06-25-2008
Thu, 12-13-2012 - 8:52am

My daughter started smoking at 17 because cigarettes are still to easy to get. Would you believe she and her friends found a vending machine where they could get them? I had no idea they were even still around.

Not only should cigarettes be hidden but they should be under lock and key and ID required from anyone to purchase them.