September 2004 Website
http://www.scenesmoking.org - A new way of rating movies.
Summer workdays on a construction site are hot, dusty and hard. Taking the family to a nice, cool movie theater is a welcome break. But before settling down with a cold soda and big bag of popcorn you have to decide which movie to watch. The rating system keeps us from exposing our kids to excessive violence, sex, and bad language. But did you know that movies influence your children’s decision to smoke?
For 9 years the American Lung Association of Sacramento – Emigrant Trails has sponsored “Thumbs up! Thumbs down!” which trains youth volunteers to rate movies by smoking status. http://www.scenesmoking.org is their website. You can find out the smoking status of the current top ten movies. You can also read about the research that shows the link between smoking in the movies and teen smoking.
http://www.scenesmoking.org not only gives information about movies and the “Thumbs up! Thumbs down!” rating system but encourages taking action. There is also a lively discussion board that’s fun to read.
Are you going to rent a movie and stay home? http://www.scenesmoking.org has extensive archives. Learn about smoking in the movies and its impact on your children, log on to http://www.scenesmoking.org!