Movies put smoking in a bad light

By Nathan Seppa, 15:53 PM April 15, 2008

Smokers in U.S. movies are more likely to be villainous or poor than heroic or wealthy, according to a study in the August Chest.

Karan Omidvari, a physician at St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark, N.J., and his colleagues recorded the smoking habits of the five main characters in each of 447 movies made during the 1990s, including such hits as Independence Day and There's Something about Mary. The researchers excluded science fiction and animated features because they typically aren't int...

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