Attorneys general of 37 states sent letters to ten movie studio executives, asking them to cease smoking and tobacco scenes in movies aimed at young audiences. The attorneys general believe that these scenes will encourage young people to smoke.
The attorneys general reported in the letter that the U.S. Surgeon General found a “causal relationship between depictions of smoking in the movies and the institution of smoking among young people.”
Although movie scenes involving smoking have decreased in the past decade, NBC Connecticut reported that almost one-third of the top-grossing movies in 2010 had images of smoking. These movies had ratings of G, PG, or PG-13.
The attorneys general also asked movie studio executives to include anti-tobacco spots in DVD and Blu-ray videos that have tobacco-related scenes.
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