Smoking in movies can inspire teens to light up
Movies in which the actors smoke cigarettes can influence avid teen moviegoers to take up the habit themselves, according to a new study reported by Reuters.
“The more they see it, the more they start to see ways that [smoking] might make them seem more a movie star,” said lead researcher Dr. James Sargent, a pediatrician with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Since teens are more likely to watch movies rated PG-13, the researchers calculated 18 per cent fewer young people would be inspired to start smoking if smoking automatically earned a movie an R rating.
The study was reported in Pediatrics.