Study: Movies that show cigs should earn an automatic 'R'7/11/2012
A new study in the journal Pediatrics suggests that movies showing characters smoking should earn an R rating. This research, based on a survey of 5,000 10-14 year olds, said that seeing actors (even the crappy ones) light up could increase a teen's likelihood of trying cigarettes. By giving these flicks an R rating, the authors believe the percentage of teen smokers would decrease by 18 percent. "If saying the 'F' word twice gets you an R rating, something as important as smoking should get you an R rating," study author Dr. James Sargent said. Great, because banishing Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and Gandalf's long pipe to the Land of R Ratings just made us say 'F.'
Should smoking earn a film an R rating?