Smoking in Top-Grossing Movies -- United States, 1991-2009

Glantz, S. A.; Titus, K.; Mitchell, S.; Polansky, J.; Kaufmann, R. B.
August 2010
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;8/20/2010, Vol. 59 Issue 32, p1014
The article provides a summary of the results of a study on the incidents of smoking depicted in top-grossing films in the U.S. from 1991 to 2009. It says the probability that teenagers will begin smoking is increased by exposure to onscreen smoking in motion pictures. The findings indicate that the occurrences of tobacco use shown in these films during this period increased in 2005 and then progressively decreased through 2009. It notes the need to implement effective methods for reducing the potential harmful influence of onscreen tobacco use.


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