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Kids Who Watch R-Rated Movies More Likely to Smoke

by The Stir Bloggers on February 25, 2009 at 12:45 PM

cigarettes, moviesSomething about this report finding makes sense, yes?

R-rated means there are some serious, adult themes in a movie. Adults do things like smoke cigarettes. Kid watches enough of that, thinks he can/should too. That's the simple version.

Another perspective put forth by the Substance Abuse Policy Research Program and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine study (which announced the kids-cigarette-movie connection) is, "it may have to do with a parenting style that is permissive of activities that are not age-appropriate."

In other words, parents who let their kids watch R-rated flicks might let their kids do other grown-up stuff too. The researchers found that parental permission to watch R-rated movies was, among kids, one of the strongest predictors of the perception that cigarettes are available, about as strong as having friends that smoked.  

Of course, not every child who watches r-rated movies will smoke. But this report suggests there's a good chance they will.

Do your kids watch R-rated movies? Do you think there may be a connection between those movies and underage smoking?

Filed Under: behavior, health

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  • Shado...
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    Shadows00

    February 25, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    All i will say is that I am so tired of big brother, science, basically everyone putting off 'bad parenting' onto movies, games books etc.  So what about the older generation that didnt watch r rated movies that smoke....who are we going to blame their habits on?

    Sure thats probably a connection......but come on thats not the REASON kids start smoking.

     


  • wiles...
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    wilesmomma

    February 25, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    I watched a lot of scary movies when I was younger, they were rated "R" but that was not the reason I started smoking at 12. This girl got me into it. And she wasn't in a rated "R" movie.


  • ReneeK3
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    ReneeK3

    February 25, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    My kids don't watch R rated movies at all.  They're also not allowed to play video games that aren't rated E.  I'm sure there is a connection.  Back in the day Disney movies that were made for children had smoking and guns...just look at Pinnochio!  I turned out ok...granted I smoked for a short time in high school, lol.  I can't say I blame it on R rated movies though.


  • RanaA...
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    RanaAurora

    February 25, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Way to oversimiplify.  I'm sure it has a lot more to do with the parenting than watching R rated movies.


  • Trixi...
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    Trixiebelle2

    February 25, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    I guess if you let your kid watch Debbies Does Dallas (or is that X rated) smoking doesn't seem like such a big deal?


  • sillyone
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    sillyone

    February 25, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    I guess I dont' watch the same "R" rated movies. Usually I see killing and sex more then smoking. I would be more concerned about the sex and the killing then the smoking.


  • teamq...
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    teamquinn

    February 25, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    People read what the study concluded. 

    "Policy Research Program and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine study (which announced the kids-cigarette-movie connection) is, "it may have to do with a parenting style that is permissive of activities that are not age-appropriate."

    In other words, parents who let their kids watch R-rated flicks might let their kids do other grown-up stuff too. The researchers found that parental permission to watch R-rated movies was, among kids, one of the strongest predictors of the perception that cigarettes are available, about as strong as having friends that smoked.  "

    The study isn't saying that R rated movies cause smoking.  But that parents who are more concerned with being their child's friend or are just clueless and allow kids to watch R rated movies will allow their children to do any thing the little darling wants.


  • Norah...
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    NorahSethsMommy

    February 25, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    I dont think it has as much to do with the movie content as it does having parents who dont care what their kids do in many cases. If you allow your child to watch whatever movie they want regardless of rating or content then are you really paying that much attention to anything else they might do that most parents would discourage or not allow? Probably not.


  • df813
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    df813

    February 25, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    Why does our society always seem to blame something on something else....

    Gimmie a Frickin' Break!

     frustrated


  • justa...
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    justanotherjen

    February 27, 2009 at 12:08 AM

    I watched all sorts of R rated movies as a kid.  And my parents were very permissive with what we could do (we basically did what we wanted) but we never got into trouble.  At least I didn't.  I didn't drink, smoke, sleep around, party, etc.  I've never had a cigarette.  Never wanted to try one.  My mom smoked almost every day of my life.  That was enough 2nd hand smoke for me.  My mom was an alcoholic and that was enough to turn me off to drinking.  I rarely ever drink and only got drunk for the first time in 2006 at the age of 29.


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