It literally gags me, although it is "supposed" to be a good message, that the Glens Falls Transit System would put a life-size picture of a child grabbing cigarettes out of what is a 64 count crayon box. In two different places, in very small lettering, it says, "There is something wrong with this picture," and in an even more discrete manner, "Take action now @ seenenoughtobacco.org." I said to myself, "Wow, this is the first cigarette ad I have seen in a long time, I wonder what it's all about." Then I realized what was going on and was immediately sick to my stomach. Who in their right mind thought this wouldn't send the wrong message?
I have a brilliant child who thinks smoking is absolutely disgusting. Her question is, "Daddy, why is that kid reaching for cigarettes in a crayon box?" This clearly doesn't send the right message. She can read too! So, what is the real message here?
Then, as an educator, my mind immediately switched toward all my students. An ad, especially one that is supposed to have such a strong message, shouldn't have to be explained by anyone!
Yes! We have seen enough of tobacco! In fact, we were doing quite well not seeing any cigarette ads whatsoever! This ad is completely disgusting and needs to be removed! Shame on the GFTS and its advertising team!
Jeff Allen, Queensbury