Tobacco and the movie industry

Clin Occup Environ Med. 2006;5(1):73-84, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.coem.2005.10.009.


Despite the tobacco industry's voluntary restrictions and its agreement with the state attorneys general prohibiting direct and indirect cigarette marketing to youth and paid product placement, tobacco use remains prevalent in movies. Extensive research provides strong and consistent evidence that smoking in the movies promotes smoking. This article summarizes the evidence on the nature and effect of smoking in the movies on adolescents (and others) and proposes several solutions to reduce adolescent exposure to movie smoking and subsequent smoking.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Industry / standards*
  • Motion Pictures / standards*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Social Marketing*
  • Social Perception