In It For Health

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R-rated movies make teens smoke!

Posted by Dr. Susan on December 8, 2010

A new study shows a connection, in teens, between cigarette smoking and R-rated movies. The study shows that teens who watch R-rated movies are more likely to smoke cigarettes. In fact, when parents restricted 10-14 year olds completely from R-rated movies, their risk of starting to smoke dropped two to three-fold.

There are a couple of reason for the connection…first because movies glamorize smoking, making it look ‘cool’, and second because kids that are exposed to R-movies become more interested in seeking new and different ‘sensations, including smoking (in addition to everything they see in the R-movies).

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