French Anti-Smoking Ad Trivializes Teen Sex Abuse


French advertising companies are often criticised for using sexual images to sell everything from designer spectacles to sweetcorn. Now, for the first time, a controversy has erupted in France over the use of sexually suggestive posters as a deterrent.

A campaign to discourage young people from smoking shows male and female teenagers kneeling in front of a man, as if being forced to have oral sex. A cigarette takes the place of the man’s sexual organ. The caption reads: “Smoking is to be a slave to tobacco.”

The campaign, which was devised for a pressure group supporting the rights of non-smokers, has been attacked as “scandalous” and “potentially counter-productive” by feminist and pro-family campaigners.

4 Responses to “French Anti-Smoking Ad Trivializes Teen Sex Abuse”

  1. 1 dummidumbwit
    February 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Those kids look like american hippies in like 66? They R supposed to look like the kids in the Mentos commercial??

  2. March 8, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Sexual intimacy is most joyful, meaningful, and fulfilling most emotionally safe as well as physically safe when it occurs within a loving, total, and binding commitment: marriage. Sexual union is then part of something bigger the faithful union of two people’s lives.

  3. 3 Mitch
    December 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

    It does not trivialize sexual abuse. It is a metaphor showing that to start smoking is to give up control over your body to someone driven by greed who cares nothing for you. It shows that profiting from addiction is a form of exploitation.

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