Remove smoking from pre-watershed TV programme to protect young people

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Responsible department: Department for Culture, Media and Sport

More than 100,000 smokers die each year, in the UK, from a smoking related disease; two thirds of smokers become addicted before they are 18yrs old. Research shows that there is a close relationship between children’s exposure to smoking on TV and take up of smoking.

As the rest of the country moves towards becoming smokefree, popular pre- watershed programmes continue to show scene after scene with people smoking, often glamourising it and rarely showing the negative consequences.

We call on the Government to protect children’s health and save lives by removing smoking from pre-watershed programmes.

Sign this e-petition Here

1 thought on “Remove smoking from pre-watershed TV programme to protect young people”

  1. CrazyDistortion says:

    I’m anti-smoking as much as possible, but I honestly don’t see a problem with watching people smoke on television pre-watershed, as long as they don’t glamourise it.

    There are sex scenes, drinking scenes, even murder scenes pre-watershed. So, in all honesty, smoking scenes are rather mute.

    You can’t avoid it, people smoke, drink, and all that. It happens in real life, why can’t there be scenes on the telebox?

    As I said, I’d rather it if smoking didn’t exist, but since it does, there’s no point in trying to mute it on television. If it suits the scene, why not?

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