This is not about genomics or family history directly, but I found this report so fascinatingly disturbing that I wanted to put it out there in this forum. If any of you have any insight into this, please comment. I found it to be amazing.
Link to PubMed abstract: Effect of televised, tobacco company-funded smoking prevention advertising on youth smoking-related beliefs, intentions, and behavior. Wakefield M, Terry-McElrath Y, Emery S, Saffer H, Chaloupka FJ, Szczypka G, Flay B, O'Malley PM, Johnston LD. Am J Public Health. 2006 Dec;96(12):2154-60. Epub 2006 Oct 31
Excerpt from the Press release from Oregon State University:
More than 100,000 students from all areas of the country in 8th, 10th and 12th grades were surveyed to assess the relationship between exposure to tobacco company prevention advertising and youth smoking-related beliefs, intentions and behaviors. Researchers linked these data with Nielsen Media Research data on the exposure of youth to smoking-related ads that appeared on network and cable stations in the 75 largest United States media markets from 1999 to 2002.
Some of the findings include:
1. Each additional youth-targeted prevention ad viewed by a student resulted in a 3 percent stronger intention among all students to smoke in the future.
2. There was a 12 percent increase in the likelihood that 10th- and 12th-grade students would become smokers if they watched prevention ads targeted at their parents.
3. On average, the students were exposed to more than four youth-targeted ads per month.