Pro-tobacco messages smolder in young minds
Inside a convenience store, a young adult buys a soft drink and snack while looking askance at a pro-tobacco advertisement before paying the cashier and heading out the door.
No tobacco is purchased. So what's the problem?
A Pittsburgh-based study has found that exposure to pro-tobacco ads and media messages can smolder in the younger brain like a lit cigarette. But the real surprise is that one pro-tobacco message can heighten the young adult's attention to smoking for up to seven days.
Yes, cigarette and tobacco ads work -- and for a longer span than previously thought.