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Study Shows On-Screen Smoking May Lead Kids to Smoke

Posted on July 12, 2012

“The movie industry [should] treat smoking like it treats profanity and sex and violence,” the lead author of the study, James D. Sargent M.D., suggested.

The organization that assigns movie ratings, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), stated in a news release that the movie industry is constantly trying to seek a balance between the “serious health problem” of teen smoking and freedom of expression and speech.

Of the 3,140 films rated by the MPAA between May 2007 and March 2011, 54% had a least one instance of smoking.

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