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Study: Smoking in movies encourages teens to take up cigarettes
WAVY.com ^ | June 9, 2003 | Associated Press

Posted on 06/09/2003 6:28:08 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy

Study: Smoking in movies encourages teens to take up cigarettes

London-AP -- A new study suggests teens who watch actors smoke in movies are three times more likely to light up than their peers who watch less on-screen smoking.

Many studies have linked smoking on the big screen with increased adolescent smoking, but this is the first to assess children before they take up the habit and track them over time.

Some experts say the study provides the strongest evidence to date that smoking depicted in movies encourages adolescents to start smoking. Others remain unconvinced.

The Motion Picture Association of America, which rates movies and represents the movie industry, had no immediate comment.

The study was funded by the U-S National Cancer Institute, and was published today on the Web site of The Lancet medical journal.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: cigarettes; pufflist; smoking; teens; tobacco
But promiscuous sex depicted in movies and TV has no effect on kids.
1 posted on 06/09/2003 6:28:08 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy
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To: Bubba_Leroy
Oh, BS!
2 posted on 06/09/2003 6:34:37 PM PDT by annyokie (provacative yet educational reading alert)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
Study: Rejecting God's salvation has eternal consequences.
3 posted on 06/09/2003 6:36:15 PM PDT by Russell Scott (Jesus will soon appear in persons.)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
I'm gonna try to stay off the streets in the days after this flick comes out.


4 posted on 06/09/2003 6:49:31 PM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: annyokie
EXACTLY!
It reminds of the family oriented ban on Playboy magazine that 7-11 stores started 20 years ago. You could still pick up a pack a cigs and some beer. They didn't worry about killing people, as long as you didn't damage their minds!
(Yes I am a smoker)
5 posted on 06/09/2003 6:58:00 PM PDT by The Brush
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To: The Brush
Thanks, I'm smoking one for you right now. No movie ever encouraged me to to smoke or become a lesbian.

6 posted on 06/09/2003 7:01:50 PM PDT by annyokie (provacative yet educational reading alert)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
The study was funded by the U-S National Cancer Institute

Well at least it was conducted by an unbiased party.

7 posted on 06/09/2003 7:03:14 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: martin_fierro
I'm gonna try to stay off the streets in the days after this flick comes out.

News tonight already linked to at least one death.

8 posted on 06/09/2003 7:09:58 PM PDT by templar
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To: annyokie
Oh, BS!

I don't think it is. Younger teeenagers, boys especially but also girls, tend to imitate the hero type of characters they see on TV and movies. Particularly so if that hero type is scoring with women all over the place. Remember the days of Jimmy Dean and us guys turning up the back of our shirt collars to look cool like him, and get the chicks? (and also getting expelled from school for doing so?)

9 posted on 06/09/2003 7:16:06 PM PDT by templar
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To: annyokie
Actually hillary almost persuaded me to become gay (not that there's anything wrong with it...) Fortunately I have an enormous appetite for... ah women!
10 posted on 06/09/2003 7:16:32 PM PDT by The Brush
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To: templar
You forget rolling up your shirt sleeve over your Marlboros.
11 posted on 06/09/2003 7:17:49 PM PDT by annyokie (provacative yet educational reading alert)
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To: The Brush
LOL
12 posted on 06/09/2003 7:18:38 PM PDT by annyokie (provacative yet educational reading alert)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
But promiscuous sex depicted in movies and TV has no effect on kids.

Prehistoric animals depended on movies to get the others "hot".

Mkay............


Eaker

13 posted on 06/09/2003 7:23:10 PM PDT by Eaker (Adiůs reality; I want to be a Jack-Ass millionaire!!............;<)
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To: templar
Jimmy Dean made me like sausage.
14 posted on 06/09/2003 7:24:54 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Bubba_Leroy
Well, if that's true, then I guess sex in movies incourages teens to have sex, and drinking in movies causes teen to drink, and killing in movies causes teen to kill.

Guess it's best to just outlaw movies. :o)

15 posted on 06/09/2003 7:29:33 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: McGavin999
Encourge Sheesh!
16 posted on 06/09/2003 7:30:14 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: McGavin999
WAAAA I need spellcheck tonight
17 posted on 06/09/2003 7:31:13 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Loyal Buckeye
Jimmy Dean made me like sausage.

Got a link?

18 posted on 06/09/2003 7:50:34 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: Bubba_Leroy
Why hasn't anybody done a study about how movies teach teenagers how to abuse firearms?
19 posted on 06/09/2003 9:26:35 PM PDT by DrDavid
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To: Bubba_Leroy
See, it wasn't the tabacco companies fault for all the smoking... give 'em there money back and go get it from Hollywood!
20 posted on 06/11/2003 7:47:30 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
there/their... whatever
21 posted on 06/11/2003 7:48:00 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: All
Oh, this is rich. Somebody remind me sometime to trot out the list of 250-some *benefits* smoking has (increased alertness, enhances short term memory, aids digestion, for starters) sometime.

If movies "encourage" people to do things, certainly we should only produce...90 minute reels of white snow? No, wait, that would encourage kids to do cocaine. Black screen? Might affect their fashion habits and depress them, although we could pump them full of Prozac -- oh, wait, we already *do* pump them full of Prozac (and let's not forget Ritalin).

Besides, everybody knows that you start smoking to look *cool*. Now, I may have *practiced* the manner in which Bogart and Dean smoked their cigarettes, in order to look cooler, but that was active research, not Tyler Durden sending secret messages to my alter ego.

Right. Zee Safety Nazis, zey know vat is good for you. There will be no shouting, no spitting, no talking, no movies, no television, no driving without a seatbelt, no Internet, and absolutely no laughter. Vee haff vays uff finding out if you're enjoying your life, and vee *vill* stop you.

(as for the Cancer institute's "study", anybody who knows how the funding shell game goes in DC knows the results were arrived at BEFORE the study was conducted...you don't get funding for telling people that smoking "might not be *that* bad")

Oh, how I loathe the Safety Nazis.

To end, on a serious note, the smoking issue is getting absurd. Someone has to shake the pols up and mobilize the smoker vote (it's plenty large enough to make a difference); toss out one on the smoking ban issue; then the rest will know that this is an issue they *can* lose on (whether or not they will is irrelevant; they'll be plenty scared).

People deriding the smokers now have absolutely *no* right to come whining to us when the Safety Nazis finally touch upon something *they* enjoy (liquor? liquor, anybody?). Same reason I fervently defend the 2nd amendment but don't have a firearm, or plan on buying one.

Ask not for whom the Safety Nazis tax & prohibit -- they tax & prohibit for you.
22 posted on 06/11/2003 9:17:10 AM PDT by Kip Lange
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To: Kip Lange
Can't blame you for the ranting...
23 posted on 06/12/2003 5:46:36 AM PDT by hchutch ("If you donít win, you donít get to put your principles into practice." David Horowitz)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
But promiscuous sex depicted in movies and TV has no effect on kids.

My thoughts exactly, not to mention the mainstreaming of homosexuality on TV, the endless violence promoted in rap and a former president who convinced a generation that oral sex isn't really sex.

24 posted on 06/12/2003 5:51:42 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: *puff_list; SheLion; Gabz; Max McGarrity
Puff!
25 posted on 06/12/2003 6:02:25 AM PDT by Just another Joe (FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: eddie willers
Well at least it was conducted by an unbiased party.

Actually not. NCI is one of the most anti-smoker groups of the anti-smoker groups. And they didn't conduct the study, they just paid for the studay. Stanton Glantz, the darling of the anti-industry, conducted this study - it is one of his pet projects to remove all reference to smoking or depictions of such from every film shown or if not to at least have them rated "R" to the kiddies are not influenced by the big bad tobacco companies.

26 posted on 06/12/2003 7:18:46 AM PDT by Gabz (anti-smokers = personification of everything wrong in this country)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
If such was the case, how come teen smoking was decreasing by 5% a year, before all these draconian laws took effect.
27 posted on 06/12/2003 10:29:18 AM PDT by Great Dane
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To: McGavin999
Gee, you haven't learned to be a victim yet, it's not your fault...... it's the keyboard.
28 posted on 06/12/2003 10:33:55 AM PDT by Great Dane
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To: Gabz
I thought my sarcasm was fairly dripping.

Will add a smilie next time. :-)
29 posted on 06/12/2003 8:50:06 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: eddie willers
I understood you're sarcasm perfectly, my FRiend.

But there is a possibility that others didn't and I just wanted to clarify to those who might not know just who, what and why conducted this study!!!
30 posted on 06/13/2003 4:58:50 AM PDT by Gabz (anti-smokers = personification of everything wrong in this country)
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To: Kip Lange
Don't forget it makes me look cool. That's a benefit.
31 posted on 06/13/2003 1:45:29 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I'm not mad, red is my natural skin color.)
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