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Stop blowing smoke up our butts and cut back on smoking scenes, ...


Stop blowing smoke up our butts and cut back on smoking scenes, Netflix

In 2019 it pledged to do so, but US lawmakers say in the past four years it has shown more than any other channel

Brody Ford

Netflix has been warned to limit young people’s exposure to smoking and vaping imagery.

“We urge your company to take more aggressive steps to limit this imagery and decrease young people’s consumption of this harmful content,” wrote Democratic US Senators Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Chris van Hollen of Maryland and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut in a letter to Netflix co-CEOs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos.

The senators cited a report by the Truth Initiative, a public health non-profit group, saying Netflix has shown more depictions of smoking or vaping in shows aimed at young people than any other channel for the past four years. Two Netflix shows, The Queen’s Gambit and The Umbrella Academy, each showed more than 200 instances of smoking or vaping in their 2020 season, according to the report...

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