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Popular teen TV shows could encourage smoking

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Some TV shows popular among teens could unknowingly encourage them to start smoking.

The study by the American Legacy Foundation analyzed eight television shows over one season, like Family Guy, Gossip Girl and Heroes.

Experts found forty percent of the episodes contained at least depiction of tobacco use, mostly in the form of cigarettes.

They also found more tobacco exposure on shows rated "TV-PG" than those rated "TV-14". "TV-PG" programs are for younger teens.

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