Break The Tobacco Marketing Net


  • The more tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship that young people see and hear, the more likely they are to become tobacco users.
  • Movies are such a powerful influence on young people that they can negate parental influence against smoking.
  • The current rate of smoking scenes in Hollywood films has returned to the high levels of the 1950s, after reaching its lowest levels in 1980.
  • In India, home of the largest film industry in the world, 89% of movies from 2004-2005 contained tobacco scenes.
  • Smoking in movies is rarely presented realistically as an addiction that leads to disease and death.
  • One of the most effective ways countries can protect the health of their people, especially youth, is to ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.


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