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Anne Charlton & Clive Bates : "We argue that the mobile phone is an effective competitor to cigarettes

in the market for products that offer teenagers adult style, individuality, sociability, rebellion, peer group bonding, and adult aspiration. ... To explain the link with declining teenage smoking, mobile phones are particularly important as they consume teenagers' available cash, especially the pay-as-you-go cards. If some teenagers cannot afford to smoke and pay for a mobile phone satisfies the same needs as smoking, they may decide not to smoke."

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