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Film Ratings to Address Smoking

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Film Ratings to Address Smoking

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George Peppard and Martin Balsam compete to light Audrey Hepburn's cigarette in a still from Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961. Paramount Pictures/Getty Images hide caption

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The Motion Picture Association of America has devised a set of rules that will rate new movie releases based on how they depict smoking, alongside sex and violence. Richard Klein, author of Cigarettes Are Sublime, discusses whether the new system will reduce consumption.

Richard Klein, author, Cigarettes Are Sublime; professor of French, Cornell University