Japanese teens weigh habits: cellphones or smoking?

Talking on cellphone

It might be slightly on the ad hoc ergo propter hoc end, but officials have apparently noticed a dramatic decline in the smoking habits of kids in Japan—ranging between 6 to even 50% (depending on demographic) in minors between the ages of 13 and 18—that correllates with patterns in teenage cellphone adoption. The link is drawn by the fact that ¥4000-6000 monthly cellphone plans might be costing these kids a significant portion of their ¥6000-7000 allowance. Well, that, or maybe these kids have finally found something else to do with their hands in public that looks adequately grown-up and empowering.

[Via TechDirt, thanks Eric]