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20 August 2010

Movies influence teen smoking

Teens are more likely to start smoking if they see a lot of movie scenes that depict smoking, according to a study.

Teens are more likely to start smoking if they see a lot of movie scenes that depict smoking, according to a new study which found that youth exposed to a lot of onscreen smoking are about three times more likely to begin smoking than those with less exposure to smoking in movies.

The study

The authors suggested a number of ways to decrease the negative impact of movie smoking on young people: give R ratings to new movies that portray tobacco use; require that strong anti-tobacco ads be shown before movies that depict smoking; and forbid tobacco brand displays in movies. (Reuters Health/ 20 August 2010)

 

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