A recent survey by Caritas Youth and Community Service of 108 marijuana users aged between 13 and 31 revealed the Body Shop promotion of its hemp products had influenced young people to experiment with the drug. Forty three per cent of respondents thought commercial hemp products raised people's awareness of marijuana and influenced them to try it. Almost 44 per cent said the products lowered their psychological resistance to experimenting, while 48 per cent said they led people to believe the drug had no adverse health effects. About 18.7 per cent of those interviewed said they knew someone who started using marijuana as a direct result of the promotion of commercial hemp products. Caritas Youth and Community Service supervisor Lam Wai- fan criticised the Body Shop for using the drug to promote its products. 'We strongly object to using the drug as a commercial means to attract customers,' Ms Lam said. Body Shop general manager Marcus Tancock denied the company had deliberately used marijuana as a promotion tool. 'Hemp and marijuana are two different things entirely. We never used the drug to promote our products,' he said.