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February 3rd, 2016

Films with smoking scenes should be rated R to protect children from tobacco addiction

New WHO report shows that tobacco appeared in 44% of all films in Hollywood in 2014. The World Health Organization is calling on governments to assign “R” ratings to movies that portray tobacco use, to reduce the chances of children and adolescents from starting to smoke cigarettes and use other forms of tobacco.

Movies showing tobacco use have enticed millions of young people worldwide to start smoking, according to the new WHO Smoke-Free Movies Report From evidence to action, the third edition since its launch in 2009.

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