New report says smoking incidents in youth-rated movies doubled in 2 years

CLEVELAND - A new report says the number of images of people smoking in kid-rated movies has doubled in just two years.

The report funded by the anti-smoking group Legacy says that there were on average 6.8 instances of smoking in youth-rated films in in 2010, a historic low point.  That average jumped to 13.5 in 2012.

In 2012, the Surgeon General determined that seeing people smoke in movies can influence young people to smoke.  According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, the number of smoking incidents per film in movies rated G, PG, or PG-13 in 2012 were up 54% from the year before.

But the CDC says by January of 2013, five movie studios had policies to discourage smoking in films rated for children, but some with policies already in place still had an increase in smoking incidents in 2012.

The 2012 Surgeon General's Report suggested that giving movies with tobacco images an R rating would cut down on youth smoking.

To read the CDC report, click here: http://www.cdc.gov//tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/youth_data/movies/index.htm

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