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2008 Smoking in the Movies Quiz

Did you know that tobacco use by actors and actresses in your favorite movies and television shows can actually persuade you to start smoking? Movies, like tobacco advertising, can make smoking look “cool” and “glamorous”. In fact, about half of all smoking teenagers report that they lit their first cigarette because it looked “cool” in a movie. 

The bigger problem, however, is that movies make smoking look like a normal adult behavior. Characters in movies smoke more often than real adults. While lessthan 20% of adults smoke in the United States, 60% of youth movies have lead actors and actresses that are seen smoking. 

Do you recall seeing actors smoke in movies? Do you ever really think about it? Probably not! On top of that, adults rarely discuss tobacco use in movies, which only adds to this sense that it is a normal adult activity. 

To prove this to you, we have designed the following quiz on smoking in the movies.


Question 1: Which of the following characters did NOT smoke in a classic Disney animated feature film? 

  1. Pinocchio
  2. Peter Pan
  3. Alice (from Alice in Wonderland)
  4. Ariel (from The Little Mermaid)
  5. The Genie (from Aladdin)
  6. Roger (from 101 Dalmations)
  7. They all smoked!


Question 2: What percentage of youth movies (G, PG, and PG-13 rated movies) in 2008 showed at least one scene of smoking? 

  1. 21%
  2. 35%
  3. 49%
  4. 63%
  5. 70%


Question 3: What percentage of all PG-13 movies alone in 2008 showed at least one scene of smoking? 

  1. 1%
  2. 21%
  3. 41%
  4. 61%
  5. 81%


Question 4: Which of the following animated films from 2008 showed characters smoking?  

  1. Horton Hears a Who!
  2. WALL-E
  3. Kung Fu Panda
  4. Space Chimps
  5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  6. Igor
  7. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  8. None of the above.


Question 5: Which of the following superhero movies from 2008 did NOT include scenes of smoking?  

  1. Superhero Movie
  2. Iron Man
  3. The Incredible Hulk
  4. Hancock
  5. The Dark Knight
  6. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  7. All of these movies showed characters smoking.


Question 6: What form of tobacco was seen most often in the Top 10 Box Office hits of 2008?  

  1. Chewing Tobacco
  2. Cigars
  3. Cigarettes
  4. Hookah
  5. Pipes


Question 7: Which of the following actors has not smoked while playing the role of James Bond? 

  1. Sean Connery
  2. George Lazenby
  3. Roger Moore
  4. Timothy Dalton
  5. Pierce Brosnan
  6. Daniel Craig
  7. It’s a silly question! They all smoked!


Question 8: Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have combined to create some of the most memorable films of all time. Which of their films have no scenes of smoking? 

  1. Jaws
  2. Star Wars: Episode 4—A New Hope
  3. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  4. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
  5. All of the above films have scenes of smoking.

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