Television: Smoking

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Education)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy in relation to smoking on reality TV shows, particularly in regard to the risk that smoking amongst young people might be glamourised.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Broadcasting regulation is a matter for Ofcom, the independent regulator. Ofcom takes the protection of children and young people very seriously - and that is why there are already specific restrictions on the portrayal of smoking on television. The government does not interfere in editorial decisions and it is for content makers to decide what to include in their programmes, provided that they comply with the Broadcasting Code.

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