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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 21:29

No more smoke screen

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            “When young people see smoking in movies, they’re more likely to start using tobacco products themselves,” says Karen Taylor, a Public Health Nurse with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit. So it’s important that movies “be made smoke-free.”

            The unit is joining with other Ontario health units and the Ontario Lung Association to

promote the #SmokeFreeMovies campaign—encouraging local residents to lobby provincial politicians to ensure movies rated for Ontario children and teenagers do not show tobacco products and smoking images (see smokefreemovies.ca).

            “If the Ontario Film Review Board considers language, nudity, violence, sexual activity, horror and psychological impact when assigning ratings to movies, why not do the same for tobacco and smoking?” says Taylor.

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