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Influence of Television on Drug Use in Youth

Do TV shows glorify drug use and encourage youths to enter the drug trade? Should all images of drinking and smoking be banned from TV? What about advertisements that try to convince youths how much fun it is to drink beer or smoke cigarettes?

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1. Do TV shows glorify drug use and encourage youths to enter the drug trade?

There is some scientific evidence that viewers, especially youths, are susceptible and suggestible to content watched on television. In fact, that is what advertising is aimed at doing - entering the consciousness of the viewer to influence the viewer to buy the products. Therefore, the content of some television shows could glorify drug use and encourage youths to enter the drug trade. If the show presents a group of teenagers smoking marijuana, laughing and having fun, or another teenager selling drugs and making a large profit and driving a new vehicles, for example, the youth could be enticed to try both. This is especially true foe those youth categorized as at-risk e.g., lack of parental monitoring, low socio-economic status, low academic ...

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This solution discusses the influence of drug use on youth and if television glorifies drug use to cause youth to enter the drug trade and/or associate fun with drinking beer or smoking cigarettes.

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