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New findings show that smoking has dropped in popularity with teens. A survey done by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan found that two thirds of teens canvassed thought choosing to smoke reflected poor judgment. Those surveyed also felt that being a smoker made a person less attractive to the opposite sex. Smoking by teens has declined sharply since 1996 when the popularity of smoking peaked among teenagers (Roni Caryn Rabin, "Teen Smoking Rates Decline," The New York Times, Dec. 15, 2008).

A positive trend like this shows the impact of many years of media efforts to depopularize smoking. Smoking is a habit that breaks God's commands to treat our bodies as a precious gift from Him (1 Corinthians 3:17; 6:19-20). We show disrespect for God and ourselves when we choose to participate in behavior that is harmful to our physical bodies, such as smokin