Television: Smoking

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 22nd December 2017.

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

To ask Her Majesty's Government what restrictions they impose on the portrayal of smoking on television in relation to young people.

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’s Broadcasting Code specifies that smoking must not be featured in programmes made primarily for children unless there is strong editorial justification. In addition, smoking must be generally avoided, and must not be condoned, encouraged or glamorised in programmes broadcast before the watershed or programmes likely to be widely seen by under-eighteens, unless there is editorial justification.

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