Ron Fletcher, a teacher and an education columnist for the Boston Globe, believes that sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds who buy lattes and iced coffees are not really doing so of their free will: rather, they're being manipulated (probably by the evil addiction-peddling forces of capitalism, though he doesn't say). Think that's annoying? Hold on to your venti cappuccino: turns out that coffee is the new tobacco.
In some circles, fancy coffee drinks seem to promise the sophistication that cigarettes once dangled before teens. As educators we should try to help our students see through such manipulation.