The number of Americans who view smoking cigarettes as being bad for your health has gone down, according to a new report.And another from Australia:
The perception by teenagers and young adults that heavy cigarette smoking is a high-risk activity has declined in many states, the study on substance abuse and mental health released today found.
The perceived risks of smoking one or more packs of cigarettes a day dropped between 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 in 14 states among youths aged 12 to 17, and in 31 states among those aged 18 to 25.
A new survey has found nearly one-third of smokers believe the health effects of smoking are exaggerated.This is quite incredible.
At a time when anti-smoking rhetoric has never been more all-pervading - in countries with the most shrill methodology - the message is being ignored more!
Now, far be it from me to suggest failings in the tobacco control community's approach, but perhaps the policy of attempting to scare the living daylights out of smokers with increasingly dubious claims might be reaching an end of its useful life.
Persuasion - not bullying - is perhaps the key to future success. Not that the Aussie spokesperson is capable of identifying the changing nuances, of course.
Quit Executive Director Fiona Sharkie said on Sunday smokers are kidding themselves if they think they can get away with smoking because the health effects have been exaggerated.Err, in just a few words, you've conveyed condescending irritation and hyperbole in equal measure.
"Almost all smokers will get emphysema, while a quarter of all deaths from smoking are from emphysema," she said.
You're not helping, love.