Discussion: Ban cigarette adverts?
Use these comments to start a discussion:
- Cigarette advertising is already banned on television, and cigarette adverts must carry a health warning. But should cigarette adverts be banned completely?
- What would be a reason for banning cigarette adverts?
- What would be a reason for allowing cigarette advertising on television?
- How do adverts affect you and the things that you buy?
[A] "Banning advertising is purely a symbol to show something is being done - it is not even a step in the right direction. I think that peer pressure plays far more of a role than advertising does, and if we are to become a country that peers down our noses at smokers then we should ban advertising of anything that is unhealthy/unsafe, including fast food and driving."
[B] "I don't think people should ban cigarettes adverts as they bring much needed funding to the country."
[C] "I think that cigarette adverts should be banned because it makes people smoke and the population might decrease because of cancer."
[D] "Cigarette adverts should be strictly banned! The cigarette advertisements are an extremely bad influence to young kids! I think cigarette advertisements are stupid. The cigarette companies don't know the harm that their ads do to kids minds."
Print our quick quiz on smoking and challenge students to find the answers.