CINCINNATI - A study in the journal Pediatrics is offering a new recommendation on how to cut down on teen smoking influences.
The study , which was published Monday, recommends that if a film star lights up a cigarette during a movie, the film should automatically receive an "R" rating. The goal is to minimize the number of teens and kids who try cigarettes because they saw their favorite star doing it.
A child's likelihood of lighting up increased by 49 percent for every 500 smoking scenes a child saw in a PG-13 movie, according to the study.
To read the full study, go to http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/07/03/peds.2011-1787.abstract .
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