Smoking Is On The Rise … in Movies

SmokeImages of people smoking in youth-related movies are on the rise, according to a survey done by the anti-smoking group, Legacy.  The report says that, on average, there were 6.8 instances of smoking in youth-rated films in in 2010, a historic low point.  That average jumped to 13.5 in 2012.  That year, Regina M. Benjamin, MD, the U.S. Surgeon General, concluded that seeing people smoke in movies can influence young people to smoke.  According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, the number of smoking incidents per film in movies rated G, PG, or PG-13 in 2012 were up 54% from the year before.  The 2012 Surgeon General’s Report indicated that giving movies with tobacco images an R rating would cut down on youth smoking.  More from their report HERE>>

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