oking for the pernicious hazard it is."
Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, said the study shows once again that smoking in the movies is associated with teen smoking.
"It further builds the case that we need policy changes to get smoking out of youth-rated films to reduce the exposure," Glantz said.
A lot of groups have been urging that films with smoking get an R rating, he noted.
"What an R rating for smoking would do is make youth-rated films -- where kids get most of their exposure to on-screen smoking -- would be smoke-free, because the producers would leave tobacco use out of the films, because they want to sell them to kids," Glantz said.
For more information on smoking in movies, visit the Common Sense Media.
SOURCES: Anna M. Adachi-Mejia, Ph.D., research assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, Hood Center for Children and Families, Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, N.H.; Stanton Glantz, Ph.D., professor, medicine, University of California, San Francisco; David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director, Prevention Research Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; July 2009 Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
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