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Utah's top prosecutor and 37 of his counterparts are urging movie studios to take smoking out of youth-oriented films.

Attorney General Mark Shurtleff signed a letter sent Thursday to 10 movie studios, calling on them to include anti-tobacco messages in videos that depict smoking, and to keep tobacco brands out of future movies.

The letter comes two months after a U.S. Surgeon General's report that concluded casual depictions of smoking in the movies are connected to youths starting to smoke.

Shurtleff called smoking in films "a colossal, preventable tragedy."

The Associated Press

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