Local teens draw attention to tobacco product placement in movies
CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- As people gear up to celebrate the magic of movies with the Oscars on Sunday, one group of teens in the Southern Tier is trying to draw attention to how Hollywood encourages tobacco products.
"Reality Check" and the Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition, also known as STACC, teamed up with the Corning Palace Theater to host a smoke-free movie night on Tuesday. The event coincides with International Week of Action which runs through February 24th.
The goal is to protect youth from tobacco imagery in movies by requiring films to be rated R"if there is tobacco in the movie.
According to a recent U.S. Surgeon General report, ending exposure to on-screen smoking from PG to PG-13 movies would avert a million future tobacco deaths among American children.