Something that lands squarely in the “Top 10” list of hypocrisy has got to be those Philip Morris commercials spouting off about how you can educate your kids not to smoke.
Have you seen these things? There’s usually a caring female voice-over reciting helpful statistics like “kids whose parents who talk to them about not smoking often tend not to smoke”. They also offer information on their website and pamphlets and such that one can get, presumably for free.
Now the funny thing is, if they’re so concerned about the ill effects of smoking….WHY DON’T THEY STOP SELLING CIGARETTES?
I just don’t understand how they can put this stuff out with a straight face. Especially when it’s well-known that if you don’t start smoking in your teen years, it is highly unlikely that you’ll pick up the habit later. Heck, this is right off of their website: “…80 percent of adult smokers started before they turned 18.”
Right, they’re encouraging their target audience who will provide lifetime revenue to not pick up the habit. You know this is all a bunch of B.S. and one of the biggest examples of hypocrisy I’ve seen in marketing.
Does anybody really fall for this?
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