Smoking in video games

MASON CITY, Iowa – According to a new report, tobacco use in video games for teens is cause for concern.

Truth Initiative recently released a new report that included interviews with teens between the ages of 15 and 17.

It shows a majority of the video games played by teens contain tobacco use.

A local tobacco coordinator says minors are very vulnerable to environmental influences.

“I think you can really use some quick and simple research online that will give you a closer look or preview of videos you might be thinking of for your children,” says Penny McCaslin, tobacco program coordinator.

The study also showed that nearly 55 percent of teens said they would recommend a game with tobacco use to a younger sibling or family member.

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