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The Pediatric Forum
May 2004

Depiction of Tobacco Use in Popular Children's Picture Books

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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004;158(5):498. doi:10.1001/archpedi.158.5.498-a

Children are exposed to smoking scenes usually depicted positively in the media, like TV programs and films,1 which may encourage adolescents to initiate a smoking habit.2 We should also consider their earlier exposure; we recently recognized that well-known classic picture books, repeatedly read to children, depict smoking. Nevertheless, how often these scenes appear in children's books is unknown. We examined such depictions in popular classic picture books in comparison with contemporary books.

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