Should Movies with Smoking be Rated R?

The 2012 Surgeon General's Report states there is a causal relationship between exposure to smoking in movies and when youth initatiate smoking. Researchers who analyzed data from a longitudinal cohort of 6,522 adolescents (10-14 yrs) have found that the onset of smoking for every 500 occurences of smoking exposure were nearly the same for PG-13…

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Predictors of Teen Drinking

The most powerful predictors of teen drinking onset are high peer alcohol use (odds ratio, 2.9) followed by high movie alcohol exposure (2.1). Movie exposure also increased the odds of a transition to binge drinking.  These findings came after researchers controlled for demographic variables. They lend support to the age-old concept that we become what…

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