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Tobacco in culture: The renormalization and glamorization of smoking

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Newseum

555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest

Knight Conference Center, Eighth Floor

Washington, DC 20001

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Smoking imagery has no place in our culture. Over the past several years, we’ve experienced a pervasive re-emergence of smoking imagery that is glamorizing and renormalizing a deadly habit to millions of impressionable young people. Research shows that higher exposure to smoking imagery makes youth twice as likely to smoke. Tobacco use continues to be portrayed positively amongst celebrities in movies, video games and increasingly in streaming video content. 79% of shows most popular with young people between the ages of 15-24 depict tobacco use. This panel discussion will explore why tobacco imagery is making a resurgence and whether entertainment companies have a responsibility to address the issue of tobacco use on-screen, given the outsized impact on younger audiences.

Panelists:

  • Robin Koval, President and CEO, Truth Initiative®
  • Michael Tynan, Public Health Analyst, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Dr. Joanne Cranwell, Lecturer, Department of Health, University of Bath U.K.
  • Steven Asarch, Writer, Newsweek Player One
  • Kat Wojsiat, Reality Check of NY

Moderator:

  • Travis Andrews, Reporter, The Washington Post

For more information, please contact warner@truthinitiative.org.

The event will also be broadcast live online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTNiNaS5Oh8

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555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest

Knight Conference Center, Eighth Floor

Washington, DC 20001

United States

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