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08 December 2010

R-rated movies up teen smoking

Teens who are allowed to watch R-rated movies are more likely to take up smoking than teens whose parents bar them from viewing mature movie content, according to new research.

Teens who are allowed to watch R-rated movies are more likely to take up smoking than teens whose parents bar them from viewing mature movie content, according to new research.

"When watching popular movies, youth are exposed to many risk behaviours, including smoking, which is rarely displayed with negative health consequences and most often portrayed in a positive manner or glamorised to some extent.

"Previous studies have shown that adolescents who view movie smoking are more likely to begin smoking," said the study's lead author, Rebecca de Leeuw, a doctoral student at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

 

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