Navigation Links
Watching R-Rated Movies Boosts Kids' Smoking Risk
Date:2/23/2009

The finding could point to a general parental permissiveness, researchers say

MONDAY, Feb. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are allowed to watch R-rated movies are more likely to smoke, say researchers who analyzed data from a four-year study of more than 1,200 Massachusetts youngsters.

"We don't know why this is so. It may have to do with a parenting style that is permissive of activities that are not age-appropriate. Or it may be an outcome of all the smoking scenes in R-rated movies," lead author Chyke Doubeni and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical School said in a news release.

The participants were in the sixth grade when the study started in 2002 and were interviewed 11 times between then and 2006. The students were asked a number of questions about their access to cigarettes, whether smoking was allowed in their home and whether they were allowed to watch R-rated movies and videos.

Among those who were allowed to watch R-rated movies, smokers were nearly three times as likely and nonsmokers were almost twice as likely to say it would be easy for them to get cigarettes, compared to youngsters who weren't allowed to watch R-rated movies.

The findings are published in the Feb. 21 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

According to Doubeni, the study shows that parental permission to watch R-rated movies is one of the strongest predictors of children's belief that cigarettes are easily available, about as strong as having friends that smoke.

"We do know that kids who believe it is easy to get a cigarette are at risk of smoking," Doubeni said. "Our prior research has already shown that kids who perceive cigarettes as readily accessible are more likely to end up as regular smokers."

"Parents need to be mindful about the movies their children watch for a variety of obvious reasons," added co-author Dr. Joseph DiFranza. "This study points out one more reason for not allowing children to watch movies that are not appropriate for their age.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about children and smoking.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE:Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, news release, Feb. 23, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Watching water from space could aid disease prevention in China
2. Watching too much TV is causing some university students to pack on the pounds
3. Obesity research boosted by watching hunger in the brain
4. Watching Violent TV at Pre-School Age Linked to Aggression in Young Boys
5. Many Kids Under 15 Watch Violent Movies
6. Dartmouth researchers say too many children see extreme violence in movies
7. More Movies to Include Anti-Smoking PSAs to Protect Childrens Health
8. AAP Calls for an End to Toxic Tobacco Content in Hollywood Movies
9. Smoking in Movies Linked to Kids Lighting Up
10. On-screen smoking in movies linked to young adult smoking behavior
11. Increasing young adult smoking linked to smoking in movies
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Watching R-Rated Movies Boosts Kids' Smoking Risk
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... 12, 2016 , ... Coco Libre, the maker of coconut water beverages with ... Style Lounge Event. Coco Libre will offer musicians and celebrities the company’s signature Organic ... The invitation-only gifting suite, held this year at the W Hollywood Hotel, has become ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... The ThedaCare Center for Healthcare ... Hospital on April 5-7. The series is a multi-day, multi-workshop event designed to ... cover a broad range of topics, including coaching skills, the scientific method of ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... 12, 2016 , ... Every winter, someone is killed, injured or loses a ... Burn Center, part of the Allegheny Health Network, has partnered with Etna Volunteer ... Heaters Need Space” campaign. , “Space Heaters Need Space” aims to bring ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... 12, 2016 , ... AssureVest Insurance Group, a locally owned insurance firm with ... will raise funds earmarked to purchase computers and software for Mrs. Harrison’s 2nd and ... is in a low-income area and has more than 60 2nd and 3rd graders ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... ... Vail knee specialist Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD was named one of ... of physicians establishing, leading and partnering with ambulatory surgery centers across the United States. ... also known as an ASC, is a modern health care facility focused on providing ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... , Feb. 12, 2016  Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: ... announced the Company will ring the Nasdaq Closing Bell ... New York at 4:00 p.m. ET on ... Aralez. Adrian Adams , will perform ... 3:50 to 4:00 p.m. ET.  A live webcast will ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... Feb. 12, 2016  Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., ... $47.1 million Series D preferred stock financing, ... Hillhouse Capital Group and venBio Global Strategic ... AJU IB Investment, and Epidarex Capital. The proceeds ... further advance clinical trials in the Company,s ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Feb. 11, 2016 - ... in Personalized Medicine and Cancer Therapy. - European ... Diagnostic Testing Markets. - Key Diagnostic Testing Markets. ... Molecular Diagnostics in Genetic Testing. - Molecular Diagnostics ... - Over-the-Counter Diagnostic Products World Markets. - ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: