PG-13 Movie Smoking Prompts Teens to Smoke

Movies that have scenes with smoking celebrities are likely to makes young people to take up smoking themselves without regard to whether the movie is rated R (Restricted – Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) or PG-13 (Parents Are Strongly Cautioned to Give Special Guidance for Attendance of Children Under 13 – Some Material may be Inappropriate for Children Under 13).

Smoking Marianne Denicourt

According to the latest research, the cigarette smoking itself in movies has a bad influence on teenage smoking habits rather than on adult behaviors.

Scientists revealed that that smoking scenes in movies rated R and PG-13 had a significant influence on making teenagers more likely to start smoking.

PG-13 movies usually have cigarette smoking that is visually encouraging without the sexual or violent behavior that is connected with R-rated movie smoking.

Scientists’s findings show that nearly 60 per cent of teenagers are exposure to smoking in movies because they watch movies that are meant for young people.

The findings show that if to impose an R rating on films with cigarette smoking scenes, teenage smoking rate will decline significantly.

Researcher James Sargent, MD, of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., said that an R rating for smoking movies could decrease initiation of smoking in the United States by 18 per cent, but in this case parent authority is extremely important.

According to the the U.S. Surgeon General’s previous report that was led this year on tobacco and youth, there is an interaction between smoking scenes in movies and taking up smoking among rising generation.

But scientists say that it was unclear until now whether or not the smoking scenes that are presented in movies have affect on teenage smoking behaviors.

Scientists asked more than 6,500 youth and teenagers between the ages of 10-14 every 8 months over a two-year period. Participants were asked about which top-grossing films they had seen in the previous year and if they had ever smoked a cigarette.

After that scientists counted up the number of smoking scenes every teenager had seen basing on their list of films.

The findings revealed that G or PG rated movies have only few smoking scenes and was not associated with teenage smoking.

Scientists found that the average number of exposures to smoking scenes was about e times higher from PG-13 movies than from R-rated movies, but the affect on teen smoking was comparable.

For instance, teenagers exposed to the average number of smoking in movies from PG-13 movies were 49 per cent more likely to smoke in comparison with 33% of hose exposed to the average number of smoking scenes from R-rated movies.

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