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Media and substance abuse: alcohol, smoking, and drugs

ByDina L.G. Borzekowski

A considerable number of youth around the globe experiment with and use tobacco, alcohol, and drugs; such use is associated with short-and long-term negative health consequences. After presenting how one may encounter environmental media messages about substances, this chapter discusses how children become familiar with and are influenced by these messages. The chapter concludes with recommendations on how the media environment may be changed to lessen the impact of media messages about tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.