Inverse psychology

The campaigns to discourage teens from smoking are counterproductive, says James Taranto in the American Enterprise (September-October). He has a point: teens often do rebel, and telling them not to do something is often the best way to get them to do it.

Taranto summarizes the anti-teen-smoking argument as follows: "Cigarettes are dangerous. They're for adults only. Teens are imperiled by their irresistible seductiveness. Authority figures of all kinds--politicians, teachers, editorial writers--agree they're bad."


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