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Tobacco Use in Top-Grossing Movies—United States, 2010-2016
The Surgeon General has concluded that depictions of smoking in the movies causes young people to begin smoking. The findings in this report show that despite previously reported declines in youth-rated movies that contained tobacco use during 2005–2010, progress in reducing tobacco incidents in youth-rated movies has stopped since 2010. Although there were fewer top-grossing movies depicting tobacco use in 2016 compared with 2010, there was an increase in the number of tobacco incidents, thereby concentrating exposure to tobacco use in fewer films. An increase in the total number of tobacco-use incidents in PG-13 movies is of particular public health concern because these films are rated appropriate for youth.

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