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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

HSPH takes anti-smoking campaign to Hollywood

The Harvard School of Public Health is urging the Motion Picture Association of America to eliminate the depiction of tobacco smoking from films seen by children and youths.

HSPH dean Barry R. Bloom, Dr. Jonathan M. Samet of Johns Hopkins, and HSPH associate dean Jay A. Winsten delivered a scientific briefing in February.

"We know movies are only one of the determinants of smoking in youths, and I donít want to hang the whole problem on the motion picture industry. But we know you can make a real difference," Bloom told the MPAA. "The glamorization of smoking in films, even when the bad guys smoke, has impact. And even normalization of smoking in films has impact."

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 05:29 PM
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