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Smoking in Youth-Rated Movies Doubles: Report
Date:4/10/2013

arette smokers. Reducing smoking and tobacco use in youth-oriented movies will help save lives, money, and years of suffering from completely preventable smoking-related chronic diseases."

Since 2002, the CDC has listed on-screen smoking as a factor in young people taking up smoking. Research suggests that seeing smoking in movies is a factor in 37 percent of new young smokers in the United States taking up the habit, according to Legacy.

About 800,000 current smokers in the United States are aged 12 to 17, the release noted. Of those, up to 250,000 will eventually die from tobacco-related diseases and may incur medical costs of $18 billion up to age 50.

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The Nemours Foundation has more about youngsters and smoking.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Legacy, news release, April 9, 2013


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