Tobacco use in video games

Tobacco use in video games


>>>VIDEO GAMES MIGHT BEING ON YOUR CHILD’S CHRISTMAS LIST. BUTLE ONE THING YOU MAY NOT HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT IS TOBACCO USE IN THESE GAMES. 8% STATED TOBACCO WARNINGS. JOINING US OF PRESIDENT OF TRUTH INITIATIVE, HOW DO KIDS PERCEIVE THE TOBACCO USE THIS VIDEO GAMES?>>VERY WORRISOME. WHEN THEY SEE CHARACTERS SMOKING IN THESE GAMES THEY THINK THESE ARE THE CHARACTERS THAT ARE COOL, TOUGH. THEY CALL THEM THE BAD ASS CHARACTERS WHAT THAT DOES IS MAKE YOUNG PEOPLE THINK SMOKING IS A LOT COOLER THAN IT IS. AND IT MAKES THEM THINK IT IS A LOT MORE PREVALENT THAN IT IS.>>Bruce: DOES THAT INFLUENCE OUR SMOKING RATE HERE IN FLORIDA?>>>WELL, I WILL TELL YOU, FLORIDA IS DOING A GREAT JOB. WE HAVE ONE OF THE LOWEST YOUTH SMOKING RATES IN THE COUNTRY. GREAT FOR THAT BUT IT IS AN ISSUE. WE KNOW WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE SEE IMAGES OF SMOKING IN THE MOVIES, FOR INSTANCE, IT INFLUENCES THEM TO SMOKE. ABOUT 44% OF YOUTH SMOKING IS DUE TO SEEING IMAGES OF SMOKING IN THE MOVIES. VIDEO GAMES, ARE SO ACTIVE AND INTENSE AND YOUNG PEOPLE INTERACT WITH THEM SO MUCH MORE FREQUENTLY THAN FOR INSTANCE THE MOVIE, THAT A THIS IS SOMETHING WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT AND WE WANT PARENTS TO KNOW THAT JUST BECAUSES A GAME DOESN’T SAY IT SMOKING ON THE RATING DOESN’T MEAN IT IS NOT IN THERE. IT COULD IT VERY WELL COULD BE.>>Bruce: MORE THAN 75% SAY THAT THEY WOULD PLAY DISPLAY U DESPITE CHARACTERS USING TOB. 55% WOULD RECOMMEND A RECOMMEND WITH TOBACCO USE FOR YOUNGER SIBLING. AND MORE TIME SPENT PLAYING VIDEO GAMES IS DONE THAN THE KIDS SPENDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA. SO THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION BECOMES, HOW DO WE PARENTS REDUCE THE RISK?>>>WELL THERE IS A FEW THINGS. FIRST OF ALL PARENTS SHOULD KNOW THAT THE LABELS ON THE GAMES MAY NOT DISCLOSE IT. YOU NEED TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND TALK TO KIDS AND WATCH THE GAMES AND PLAY THE GAMES WITH YOUR KIDS. WE NEED TO PUT A LITTLE PRESSURE ON THE ESRB, THE RAIDING BOARD THAT RATES THESE GAMES TO SAY, PUT THE CORRECT INFORMATION ON THESE GAMES SO THAT PARENTS KNOW SO THAT THEY HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE. AND I THINK WE ALSO NEED TO START THINKING ABOUT, SHOULD THE GAMING INDUSTRY BE WORKING TO TAKE THIS OUT, SMOKING OUT OF THE GAMES YOU DON’T NEED SMOKING IN THESE GAMES TO HAVE THE ACTION IN THE GAME PERCEIVED THE WAY IT IS SUPPOSED TO. IF YOU WANT TO SHOW A CHARACTER IS TOUGH OR, YOU KNOW HE’S THE BAD GUY, I THINK WE CAN BE MORE CREATIVE THAN PUT A BIG FAT CIGAR IN THEIR MOUTH.>>>HAVE YOU FOND MOST PARENTS ARE BLIND TO THIS REALITY?>>>WELL, YOU KNOW, PARENTS DON’T REALLY PLAY THESE GAMES WITH THEIR KIDS OFTEN. AND SO THEY JUST DON’T REALLY SEE IT. BUT WE KNOW THAT WHEN YOU ASK PARENTS, 93% SAY THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT IS IN THE GAME, BUT 65% SAY THEY WOULDN’T GET A GAME FOR A KID IF THEY KNEW. SO WE JUST ALL NEED TO BE A LITTLE BIT MORE AWARE. AND I THINK WE NEED TO ASK, DO WE REALLY NEED TO BE SEEING THIS IN THESE GAME, WE WANT TO PROTECT OUR KIDS, WE KNOW THAT MOST PEOPLE START SMOKING BEFORE THE AGE OF 24. IF YOU CAN KEEP TOBACCO OUT OF THE HANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE, UNTIL THEY’RE, YOU KNOW, IN COLLEGE, CHANCES ARE THEY’RE NEVER GOING TO SMOKE.>>>IS THIS THING GOING THE GROW SOME LEGS NATIONALLY? SO THAT, YOU KNOW, IT HAS THE IMPACT LIKE THE SURGEON GENERAL’S MESSAGE BACK IN THE 60s WHICH I REMEMBER SCARED THE DAYLIGHTS OURT OF MY PARENTS AND STOPPED THEM FROM SMOKING. DELETE S?>>YOU KNOW, WE HOPE IT WILL HAVE SOME INFLUENCE. YOU CAN FIND OUR REPORT, TRUTHINITIATIVE.ORG. WE WANT PARENTS TO READ IT. WE WANT THEM TO BECOME AWARE, BECAUSE I THINK THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT, FRANKLY IS VERY SOLVABLE. WE CAN JUST HAVE A LOT LESS IMAGERY OF PEOPLE SMOKING IN GAMES AND YOU CAN STILL HAVE TONS OF FUN PLAYING THEM.>>>WE JUST CAN’T USE THIS AS A

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