In today's NY Times, there is a short article in the Science section about a study that tries to connect the dots between children who see R-rated movies and children who smoke. Guess what? There is a link. Wow.
From the article:
Of the 399 children in the survey with nonsmoking parents who were not allowed to see R-rated movies, 3, or less than 1 percent, tried smoking. By contrast, 10 percent of the children of nonsmokers who saw R-rated movies more than occasionally tried smoking.
Dr. Sargent said the gap suggested that the on-screen example had a bigger effect in nonsmoking households. But smoking by parents, he added, also set a powerful bad example that was worsened by R-rated movies; 17 percent of the children of smokers who often saw such movies tried smoking.
Many people I know get very angry at things like traffic or politics or sports. I get steamed at this sort of study. I can't believe money is actually being spent on this nonsense. I guess we better not let anyone under the age of 17 watch "Casablanca" or "Citizen Kane"- there's an awful lot of cigarette smoking in those socially dangerous films.
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