Navigation Links
Smoking in Movies May Put Teens at Risk
Date:9/4/2007

Silver screen cues tend to reinforce positive associations with the habit, study says

TUESDAY, Sept. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Teens imitate more than just the clothes and mannerisms of movie stars -- they are also more likely to begin smoking if they see smoking in the movies, a U.S. study finds.

Publishing in the September issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, University of Dartmouth researchers argued that smoking in movies may contribute to occasional teen smokers becoming dependent smokers.

The research team surveyed 6,522 U.S. youths between the ages of 10 and 14 about their smoking and movie-watching habits in 2003. The researchers coded displays of smoking in 532 hit movies in the five years prior to the survey and then asked the teens if they had seen a random selection of 50 of the movies. They then created a measure of smoking exposure by adding the number of smoking events in the portion of the 50 movies the teen had seen, dividing that by the number of occurrences in all 50 movies, and multiplying that number by the number of smoking episodes in all 532 movies.

The researchers followed up with the teens three more times over a two-year period.

At the beginning of the study, nine out of 10 teens had never smoked. Thirty-three teens reported smoking more than 100 cigarettes. By the end of the two-year follow-up, 125 of the teens were established smokers.Teens who saw less than half of movie smoking episodes were less likely than teens who saw more movie smoking events to report smoking more than 100 cigarettes. Age, peer smoking, parental smoking and risk- taking behavior did not contribute to the choice to smoke with the same strength as exposure to smoking in the movies, the researchers said.

The exact nature of the influence that movies have on teen smoking is not clear, the researchers said, but they theorized that frequent exposure to smoking cues in movies leads to more positive associations with smoking and smokers.

More information

To learn more about teens and smoking, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



-- Madeline Vann



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Sept. 3, 2007


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Vaccine to quit smoking?
2. New hope on the Horizon for People Wishing to Quit Smoking
3. Cancers of Colon & Rectum linked to Cigarette Smoking
4. Smoking a greater risk than HIV? Yes say health experts!!!!
5. Kick Smoking with Nicotine Drink
6. Smoking spreads Cancer
7. ZYBAN, The smoking cessation drug marked for its adverse reactions
8. A boost to quit smoking
9. Quitting smoking stops lung decline
10. Passive smoking affects respiratory system
11. Prescription Drug - Helps People Stop Smoking
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/27/2016)... , ... May 27, 2016 , ... ... scholarships to students studying complementary medicine. Allison Outerbridge is this year’s Life ... award on May 18 at the university’s Student Leadership Awards ceremony. , Outerbridge ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 , ... There are ... Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) suggests that Americans prefer their dogs straight off ... 63 percent say grilling is their favorite way to cook a hot dog, far ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Intalere, the healthcare industry ... for its inaugural Member Conference at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., ... health of America’s healthcare providers. , The conference was highlighted by the announcement ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 26, 2016 , ... On Memorial Day, Hope For Heroes and ... military battle for the country. The nonprofit Hope For Heroes partnered with the ... empower independence for disabled military veterans, as well as police, firemen, and EMS professionals ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 26, 2016 , ... There are nearly 14.5 million people living with and ... On Sunday, June 5, 2016, communities around the world will gather to recognize these ... National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual worldwide Celebration of Life that is held ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/25/2016)... , May 25, 2016 MedDay, a ... announces that an oral presentation entitled "High doses of biotin ... trial" will be given by Professor Ayman Tourbah , ... Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) in ... related disorders 3" will take place on Sunday, 29 May ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... , May 25, 2016 ... H1 2016"market research report that provides an overview ... comparative analysis at various stages, therapeutics assessment by ... administration (RoA) and molecule type, along with latest ... also reviews key players involved in the therapeutic ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... Cirujanos holandeses han puesto en marcha una ... compartir sus mejores prácticas por el mundo y tratar ... Europa, África, Asia y Estados ... combina la transmisión en vivo con mensajería instantánea y ... "Imagine un médico de Medicines sans Frontieres ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: