Updated 24 February 2003, 14.57
Cigarette and tobacco advertising has been banned.
After 13 February, you won't see tobacco ads on any billboards, posters, magazines.
But do you think that this will stop any kids from smoking?
Maybe you think that most kids only start because their friends do, and adverts don't have any effect.
Or perhaps you think that it will stop some kids from starting in the first place.
No way! The only way to stop people smoking is ban selling cigarettes to any ages! Posters etc are waste of time!
Kirsty, 15, Newcastle
I don't think a smoking ad will stop kids smoking because I smoke and nothing has stopped me but I would stop smoking if there was more help.
James, 12, Bolton
Banning ads won't stop kids smoking. I've never seen a smoking advertisement before really so this wouldn't effect me at all if I did smoke!
Sarah, 14, Lancaster
I think it will help because most kids do it because they see it all around them and they think it's cool. Have you ever seen Joe Camel that was a cool cartoon and it made some kids smoke.
Behdad, 14, Vancouver, Canada
Yeah they should stop kids smoking, it's disgraceful. I don't smoke, coz I'm 9 and I will never smoke and that's a promise. Anyway I am a singer and it will spoil my voice if I smoke so let this be a warning to singers that smoke will damage your voice, B-A-D-L-Y
Rachel, 9, Stockport
If you're going to smoke, you're going to.
Talia, 13, London
At my school I am learning about chemicals that affect our body and I said to the teacher "Why can't we ban smoking? and he said we can't because it is addictive, so you can't stop people smoking because it's ADDICTIVE!
Catherine, 9, Warwick
Even if smoking is banned kids will still smoke and I think this is because parents smoke. It's a bad thing to show them. But teenagers smoke because they try to show people they're hard! When there not!!
Kim, 13, Wigan
I don't know why anyone would smoke in the first place! You smell, and die too. Did you know that every cigarette takes more than 5 minutes off your life. It's not cool. It's really sad. The cigarette ads might not do much, but it's better than nothing.
I think the only way to cut down on children smoking is to work harder at preventing adults selling cigarettes to kids. Maybe ID should be asked for. Parents who smoke should be more careful about where they leave their cigarettes too.
Jenny, 14, Dundee
Kids already know about
cigarettes, it won't make any difference if there are advertisements or not.
Lydia, 11, Andover
I think that smoking should be banned because more and more people are dying each year from lung cancer. My auntie and uncle died last year from cancer and now I know how other people feel when members of their family die and they miss them very much. And I also strongly agree that children should be taught more about the effects of smoking, not just telling pupils not to smoke in the first place, but the dangers that it can cause for them in the future.
I don¿t think it will change a thing, people I know who smoke were not affected by adverts. It was because of the people around them. They either did it to look cool or just went along with the crowd, this ban will not change a thing.
The only thing that will stop young people smoking is themselves being strong enough to go against what their mates are doing.
People r sayin that to educate more wud b the answer. But seriously i think kids are gettin so bored by people going on at them that perhaps it wud b better if a smoker came in and told people their regrets about it but also y they started. The negative attitude is a waste of time people need to b left to make their own mind up
Charlotte, 13, Essex
I think that the number of people starting to smoke will decrease but I don't think that it will stop people from smoking. I think that it was wrong to stop the adverts because it is bad for that business.
Jenny, 14, Buenos Aires
I reckon that it might stop some younger kids from starting when they're older, because they won't have been brought up with the advertising. I don't think that it will stop older kids getting involved, because they usually start because their friends do. The advertising doesn't make much of a difference.
Catherine, 9, Peterborough
Advertising never made any difference to kids, it's their "friends" who get them into it. I agree with Sophie from Gosport, the government should ban it. Kids who smoke think adults don't know, but a non-smoker can a smell a smoker a mile off. They reek!
Alex, 13, Worthing
People don't smoke because of posters they smoke because others do. If adults stopped smoking children would probably stop too!!!
Will, 12, Belfast
This will not stop kids from smoking, nothing will. Kids smoke to look cool and sometimes do it to copy what their friends do, and the more people that are around you that smoke, the more likely you are going to start smoking.
Fayona, 12, Chester
No! Kids learn by example, so unless adults stop smoking, or at least stop smoking in front of us, kids are always going to think smoking is ok.
J, 15, Dublin
The ban on smoking ads is looking in the right way towards anti-smoking, but we need ads which say don't smoke more often. They have ads like that but more need to be on the telly. However, there will always be kids who think it is cool, and sometimes it can't be stopped.
Emma, 12, Woking
I don't think it will stop people smoking because older kids smoke and the younger ones think its cool.
Ishan, 12, Redhill
I don¿t think the ban will stop kids from smoking. There are nearly no smoking adverts around my area but you will still see as many kids smoking.
Stacy, 13, Derby
It probably wont because people are already addicted.
Sophie, 10, St Albans
Stopping the advertisement of cigarette and tobacco will not stop children from smoking. The only way to achieve this would be to introduce id cards for any one above 11 years of age and larger fines for people who supply/buy/sell cigarettes and tobacco for/to underage people.
R.L.L, 14, London
I'd hope it would stop kids from smoking, but I doubt it. Maybe a small number though, and any is good, right? This pressure to be like everyone else makes me so sad...just be yourself! It gets so bad it feels like everyone is a clone! Be an individual!
Of course it won't! Do you have any idea how many people I've had to walk downwind of that are smoking? I lose count!
Leah, 13, Reading
I don't even know why kids smoke in the first place, it's bad for you, it's uncool and it absolutely stinks. And it won't stop kids from smoking, the Government should ban it altogether.
Sophie, 10, Gosport
It wont stop anyone because they won't listen to it. Some of my friends are smoking just to get into a really popular group
Whitney, 12, Hertfordshire
I think it's a good idea but probably won't work because a lot of kids are addicted already or feel pressured to do it.
Petranella, 12, Bristol
I don't think it will stop kids smoking. Kids think that it makes them look cool. I think that schools should teach kids the dangers of smoking.
Laura, 12, Gosport
We should carry on advertising fags!!! Otherwise kids will just think "Well if advertising is being banned, that is probably because it is so cool." Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you.
Elycia, 11, Stevenage
I don't think kids will stop smoking because of an ad ban. Most kids at school start to try to look cool.
Emily, 12, York
I don't really think that it will stop kids smoking, but adverts should be put up scaring people about smoking, so they won't start in the first place.
Sarah, 13, Ireland
I don't think it will make a difference because most people start smoking because of peer pressure and all the adverts had big black letters on them saying how it causes lung cancer.
Judith, 15, Edinburgh
I don't think JUST banning ads is gonna stop kids from starting. There needs 2 b a much more drastic idea to help stop.
Esme, 14, Banham
I'm sure that it wouldn't stop smoking, we need something much more important than a ban for the adverts. But it's a good start to stopping lots of people smoking.
Orla, 9, London
I don't think it will stop anyone from smoking, as kids usually do it because it makes people think they're tough or because their friends do it. But it shows that the government has a negative attitude towards smoking and I think it is important for kids to grow up in an environment which frowns on smoking.
Rowena, 14, London
No way, it will not stop ANY kids from lighting up. People need to be more educated in schools about cigarettes and what they can do to you.
Roy, 14, Markethill
No-one will stop because of it, but some kids might not start in the first place.
Johnny, 13, Settle
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