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October 25, 2021

Teenagers: Is smoking still a hit at the cinema?

This fashion has also affected boys! Some were styled like Elvis Presley or James Dean. Closer to home, Harry Potter fans wanted to wear his glasses. On the screen, it was enough for John Wayne or Marlon Brando to have a cigarette for their young admirers to start smoking.

Does the cinema always encourage young people to experiment with cigarettes? it seems that this era is largely over. In Hollywood productions, the actors and actresses, who smoke, have fallen sharply between 2005 and 2010. And then you say? According to a study, this absence of smokers on the screen would have contributed to the decrease of smoking among teens in the USA. Ah, the magic of cinema!

You do not believe me, read instead! Fifty-five per cent of the films that were successful in the US box office in 2010 did not contain any scenes in which there was at least one smoker. In 2005, this rate was one-third, according to the authors of this study conducted by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The percentage of movies in the US box office in 2010 without a grilling or smoking stardom was the highest in two decades," say the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This lesser presence on the screen of scenes showing actors who smoke could have contributed to a decline in smoking among young people in middle and high schools," the authors underline.

During these six years, the number of scenes with an actor smoking in the most popular productions plummeted by 56%. But the study also counted nearly 2,000 scenes in which an actor smokes on the screen or allusion is made to the consumption of tobacco.

According to one analysis, 44% of teens have started smoking by seeing actors smoking or chewing in movies, say the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A study published in 2010 by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the proportion of 11- to 14-year-olds in the United States who smoked cigarettes rose from 11% to 5% between 2000 and 2009. even more marked for young people trying for the first time to smoke since over the same period the percentage fell from 30 to 15%.

DORA THE GROWNUP 6 (October 2021)