CDC: Smoking in Movies Down, Further Restrictions Needed

JoinTogether.org reports on further restrictions of smoking in movies. Depictions of smoking in top-grossing U.S. films decreased by about half between 2005 and 2009, but more than 50 percent of PG-13 movies still show characters lighting up, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Bloomberg News reported Aug. 20 that adolescents who are more frequently exposed to onscreen smoking “are 2.0 to 2.7 times more likely to try cigarette smoking in the future,” citing a 2008 National Cancer Institute monograph.

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