From the NYT today:
“The extent to which depictions of smoking actually spur the young to smoke remains a subject of debate. Widely cited research by Dr. James A. Sargent of the Dartmouth Medical School showed a connection between adolescent exposure to smoking in movies and addiction to tobacco. But Dr. Deborah Glik, director of the Health and Media Research Group at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the connection appeared strongest among those who were already predisposed by other factors to smoke.”
Let’s see … Dartmouth, no tobacco industry funding. UCLA, currently receives $6 million from Philip Morris to fund the UCLA Adolescent Smoking Cessation Center (plus additional grants for other projects). Hmmm.