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February 7, 2011

Conflict of Interest: When Media Conglomerates Rate Their Productions

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dartmouth Medical School and Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(2):181-182. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.283

Smoking in entertainment media has captured the attention of public health advocates in the United States and elsewhere. While much of the focus has been directed at movies, television programming also transmits its share of smoking imagery. The study by Cullen and colleagues1 in this edition of the Archives assesses smoking in television programs that are popular with adolescents, reminding us why we should be concerned about entertainment media smoking and prompting consideration of what to do about it.