The American Medical Association wants Hollywood to stop featuring smoking on the big screen. They say movies that depict images of smoking cause young people to start smoking.
The entertainment industry has stripped dangerous behavior of its consequences before. You could argue that Sex and the City made it seem as if there were no serious emotional or health repercussions to casual sex, when in reality, it can be unfulfilling and risky. While I would never want society to stigmatize healthy sexuality, I wonder if ignoring the dark side of promiscuity encouraged women to emulate the characters on TV without thinking about the real-life consequences.
Can watching unhealthy behavior glamorized on film or television prompt you to do something you wouldn't have done otherwise, or are we all (even the young and impressionable) completely responsible for our own behavior?