Anti-smoking activists blowing more smoke

A mad scientist I know tells me that real scientists are leery of statistics, as they’re too easy to manipulate to get the “results” you want, and not the actual truth. It seems they have good reason to be. A study published in the journal Pediatrics concludes that “Smoking in movies is a risk factor for smoking initiation among US adolescents.” The problem? That isn’t what they studied!

Instead, the study asked whether adolescents watched movies where smoking was portrayed and whether they had tried a cigarette. Nobody bothered to ask which one preceded the other, or whether the adolescents were influenced by the movies.

Simply, . And that’s not the only problem with the study, either.

Someone reviewed and approved this junk for publication in a respected journal. And to make matters worse, some people who really should know better are running full-page ads in the New York Times urging the movie industry to “voluntarily” give an R rating to any movie where smoking is portrayed, citing this bogus study.

It’s one thing to argue that smoking among teenagers is a serious public health issue (it is). But this sort of junk hurts the cause of stopping smoking among teenagers, and ultimately, makes those who oppose the use of tobacco look like idiots. Stop with the junk science and the flawed statistics, already.

(Hat tip to Hit and Run.)

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  • February 24, 2007 at 3:21 am
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    THE ANTI-SMOKING BAN IS EASY WHEN 75% OF THE PEOPLE DON’T SMOKE, BUT THE % OF SMOKERS HAS LEVELED OFF AT 25%. THE STATE WIDE SMOKING BANS ARE TRYING TO CONTROL OUR LIFE CHOICES EVEN AT PRIVATE FUNCTIONS. IT’S PURE SOCIALISM AT WORK WHICH SCARES ME MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE. THE MAJORITY OF OUR TOP LEADERS IN OUR WEALTHIEST CLASS ARE SOCIALISTS AND BELONG TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. I THINK SOCIAL SECURITY IS THE ONLY SOCIALIST PROGRAM THAT HAS WORKED OUT OF 100’S. LIKE I SAID I FEAR SOCIALISM MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, BECAUSE THE WEALTHIEST CLASS IS POSITIONING ITSELF IN TOTALLY RULING THIS COUNTRY. IT WAS EASY IN EUROPE TO ADOPT SOCIALISM AFTER BEING RULED BY MONARCHIES FOR CENTURIES. THE U.S. HAS ALWAYS STOOD AGAINST THE ELITISTS FROM RULING PEOPLE, BUT OUR OWN ELITISTS ARE TEARING DOWN OUR PIONEER ETHIC MORE NOW THAN EVER BEFORE. THEY WANT TO ELIMINATE ALL OPPOSITION, SO THEY CAN RULE.

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