Fifteen-year-old Amber Davis took a long drag on a Marlboro Light, rocking in a swing as the sun set and she surveyed the bedlam of carnival rides and live rock music at the Great Texas Mosquito Festival, an annual bash in this Gulf Coast refinery town. This burns off a lot of calories. Amber's year-old friend, Rachel Martin, smokes off and on. So I had to learn to like it. With two major studies in recent weeks suggesting that teen-age smoking is on the rise across the nation, the question of just how teen-agers "learn to like it" is the subject of an increasingly pitched debate in Congress.
The paradox consists how the French seem to smoke so many cigarettes but don't appear to be affected by their adverse effects at the same rate as their European counterparts. There are two ways of looking at this paradox: either the French cancer care system is vastly superior to those in neighbouring countries, or scientists have fallen victim to the stereotype that France is still the tobacco haven it was back in the s. In line with most European countries, France is less keen on lighting up than it once was.
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