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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Thirty State AGs Ask for Anti-Smoking Labels on DVDs

Thirty-two state attorneys general are asking ten movie studios to include anti-smoking labels on all new DVDs sold for private use to discourage young people from taking up smoking. Anti-smoking warnings will be available for theaters soon. The AGs want more assistance from the industry since research seems to continue to show that teens are especially influenced by what they see on the screen. However, a spokesperson for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) pointed out that DVD labels already indicate whether films depict such things as teen smoking. In addition, she noted that movies reflect reality, and in the real world, people continue to smoke. Read more here.

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