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2018 Tobacco in Youth-Rated (G/PG/PG-13) Movies. Incidents Per Movie Up 34% from 2017. PG-13 movies without tobacco up 62% from 2017. 10.3 billion audience tobacco impressions delivered by youth-rated films, up 103% from 2017. Youth rated films delivered 63% of tobacco impressions.

Can Movies Cause Teens to Smoke?

September 30, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Research shows that young people who see images of people smoking in movies are more likely to smoke.  Read More »

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What's the Big Deal About Data?

September 09, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Data is information that scientists collect in their studies. It helps them understand how and why things happen.  Read More »

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How To Get Help If You or Someone You Know Is Suicidal

September 03, 2019  /  Jane Pearson, Ph.D.

If you’re in emotional pain and thinking about suicide, there are people in your life who care about you and who want to help. Read More »

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These Teens’ Ideas Could Save Lives

August 19, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Three international teen scientists won honorable mentions in Addiction Science Awards for their inventions that could reduce deaths from oral cancer and drunk driving. Read More »


Viral Hepatitis and Drug Use: What’s the Connection?

August 12, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Drug and alcohol use can increase a person’s chance of getting viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver. If not treated, hepatitis can lead to serious health problems. Read More »