Wanna Smoke? It Could Cost You A Tooth, The FDA Warns Teens

www.npr.org Published: February 4, 2014

When it comes to convincing teenagers not to smoke, you gotta think short-term, the Food and Drug Administration says.

"While most teens understand the serious health risks associated with tobacco use, they often don't believe the long-term consequences will ever apply to them," FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told reporters Monday before unveiling the agency's first-ever anti-smoking campaign.



Instead, the ads focus on how smoking affects teenagers' appearance by ruining their skin and messing up their teeth. One graphic TV ad shows a teenager buying a pack of cigarettes at a convenience store and literally pulling out a tooth with a set of pliers to pay for them, according to NPR.

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