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Call for TV smoking curfew

Call for TV smoking curfew

Call for TV smoking curfew

Children in the UK are exposed to “millions” of tobacco images every week on television, leading to calls for curfew on programmes featuring smoking. 

Published in BMJ journal Tobacco Control, the study said smoking is frequently featured in films marketed at children, which may “spark their interest in starting to smoke”. 

Smoking was noted in 12% of all programmes, according to researchers from the University of Nottingham. 

By looking at 420 hours of recordings, totalling 613 programmes and 1121 adverts, the researchers found that more than a third (34%) of all programmes featured smoking. 

Nearly 70% of tobacco shown on TV was before the 9pm watershed, which is supposed to mark the line between material suitable for adults and material suitable for children. 

Based on their figures, the researchers estimated that there are 59 million instances of tobacco imagery, 16 million shots of actual tobacco use and 3 million tobacco brand appearances every week. 

“We would recommend that future television programming remove gratuitous depictions of tobacco, particularly actual smoking and tobacco branding, from programmes aimed at young people or scheduled before the 9pm watershed,” lead author Dr Ailsa Lyons from the Epidemiology and Public Health division at the University of Nottingham. 


Some times I think we can go too far. Children are going to see people in the street smoking or hear about it during there lives, what should we do? lock them up until they reach an age when they can't be influenced by television
Stopping any program that in some small way depicts smoking before 9pm is madness.Where will it all end? Will we avert our childrens eyes because there is an overweight person heading their way or hide alcohol and never have a drink in front of them?
How they could have spent good money on research that has people sitting in front of a televison watching to see if there is any suggestion of smoking before 9pm is lunacy.
I think it's time we lived in the real world, tell people the risks, teach the risks in schools but don't make desicions for everyone based on this type of research.

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