Smoke Gets In Their Eyes

Friday, March 02, 2007


The impact of movie sex and violence on kids may be up for debate, but with smoking, the science is solid. Teens who see a lot of it are more likely to take up the habit than those who don’t. UCSF Dr. Stanton Glantz wants the MPAA to take smoking as seriously as it takes cursing.

Comments [5]

Melissa G

I don't think it really makes a difference if you consider movies with smoking in it rated R. There are so many other issues that involve the movies that I believe smoking is the least important. If any kid is going to learn from example than you need to consider that 1 in 5 families have a least one menber that smokes. This couls be the cause of all the young kids smoking. I think they put plenty of off subjects in the Teen Nick shows.

Apr. 21 2011 07:38 PM

An R rating for movies with smoking will not make any differences in the number of young smokers. I believe if a kid decides to do something a movie is most definitely not going to stop them. If the physicians are so worried about smoking, they should also cut out alcohol, sex scenes, cussing, and at this rate even heavy kissing scenes. Removing smoking and other possible negative influences out of movies will take away from the realism of the movies. Which to most people will decrease the entertainment value. Plus, kids will get their share of negative influences from plenty of other sources including music and television.

Nov. 03 2008 10:22 PM
Rachel Stewart

I really had to think about this one before I could comment. I've decided that they probably should limit the use of smoking in films kids will be attending. I think its hard to say because most of the time if people want to do something, they are gonna do it-especially kids. There are numerous places they are exposed to smoking as well as movies. But if the movie is PG-13 or lower in rating, I'd limit it and even completely ban it from G and PG films.

Rachel Stewart

Feb. 04 2008 09:38 PM
Kent Staheli MD, MPH from Utah

A group of physicians here would like to have your opinion as to the names of the movies where actors or actresses smoke the most on screen. We would like to notify the worst offender some way.


Kent Staheli

Aug. 13 2007 04:11 PM

Smoking certainly has a far greater cost to society than cursing. Kids shouldn't be going to movies that have main characters glamorizing tobacco use.

Jul. 23 2007 08:14 AM

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