Bmj Usa: Letter


BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E93
  1. Richard Hutchinson (, medical student
  1. Imperial College, UK
  2. Sociology Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 95061

    This article originally appeared in BMJ USA

    Editor—I may only be a second-year medical student, but I've seen enough evidence-based medicine examples over the previous year to be able to spot when I think somebody is jumping to the wrong conclusion when interpreting data.

    Sargent et al found a higher smoking uptake among adolescents who had seen more incidents of smoking in movies during the study period. However, I suggest that this association merely reflects the fact that adolescent smokers socialize a lot in public, due to smoking bans in the home (by parents). The …

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