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Smoking in Films Increased in 2006

Posted: January 8th, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Smoking in Films Increased in 2006Submit Comment
For anyone that has been going to the movies last year, might have noticed that smoking in films has increased. This story is just like the topic dealt with in "Thank You for Smoking," as Health campaigners called for Hollywood to stop the practice, which is now worse than it was in 1950's films.

More than 160 of the top films last year were analyzed by researchers from Breathe California, a US anti-smoking group. They found that 60 percent of the films depicted smoking, with more than 15 cigarette-related scenes an hour. This compares with only 10 scenes an hour for films of the 1950s. Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood producer, said his films would in future carry smoking warnings.

Health campaigners are concerned because children are especially vulnerable to films showing smoking, since it was featured in more than one in five of youth-rated films last year.

Kori Titus, the director of Breathe California, said: "Any tobacco depiction in kid-rated films is too much. Such depictions are a major factor in kids trying tobacco, a habit we know will lead to health problems and shortened lifespan."

While it is great to help prevent kids from smoking, just like drugs, sex and violence, smoking should come with its own warnings, and let the parents decide on whether they want their kids to watch the movie. Simply restricting smoking will lead to more serious issues, like letting censorship groups run wild.

Source: The Independent


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on January 8th, 2007 at 10:34:37 PM

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