The most popular primetime shows with children between the ages of 12 to 17 show a "high amount" of tobacco use, according to the anti-smoking group the American Legacy Foundation, reports MediaDailyNews.
The study found that 40% of the 73 TV episodes it looked at had at least one depiction of tobacco use, the story says. A depiction means an image of a cigarette in a character’s hands, regardless of whether it was lit, or the appearance of an ashtray or billboard in a scene, the story notes.
The shows included Fox’s "Family Guy", "American Dad," "House", and "The Simpsons," as well as the CW’s "Gossip Girl", "America’s Next Top Model," ABC’s "Desperate Housewives," and NBC’s "Heroes.xOf those, "Gossip Girl" and "Heroes," which is now canceled, had no tobacco depictions, but "America’s Next Top Model" had 157 depictions, the most, followed by "American Dad" with 57, the article notes.
The report urges health officials to ask networks to drop tobacco imagery or to carry a TV-MA rating, which would indicate the show isn’t suitable for children under 17.