R-rated movies might lead children to start smoking

December 6, 2010 2:17:33 PM PST
Parents who are lenient on R-rated movies may in a roundabout way be encouraging their children to take up smoking.

A new study finds children who watch these movies are three times more likely to start smoking compared to their restricted peers.

The study suggests these R-rated movies could trigger smoking by both exposing kids to actors showcasing the habit and by simply opening the door to more thrill-seeking risky behaviors.

Authors of the study in the journal Pediatrics say it is likely few parents realize the impact movies may have on their children.


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