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posted by Andrea Griffith-Girtz in Entertainment

R-rated Habit?

August 23, 2010

If someone is smoking in a film, does it deserve an automatic R-rating? The CDC and other public health groups believe it does.

More than half of the highest rated films of 2009 had smoking in them. Studies have shown that teenagers who SEE actors using tobacco onscreen may be more apt to take it up themselves. That exposure, according to some, should be limited. The CDC also wants anti-tobacco ads to run BEFORE films that show tobacco use.

R-ratings are usually reserved for heavy violence or sexual content. Should smoking be lumped into these categories?

Thoughts?

(Photo Courtesy: AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

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