OSWEGO – Tobacco Free Network of CNY and Reality Check of CNY, divisions of Integrated Community Planning of Oswego County, Inc. will be collaborating in the presentation of two smoke-free movie nights this March to gain support for a smoke-free movies initiative.
“Trolls” will be shown March 17 at the Manlius Library at 2 p.m. and March 24 at John C. Birdlebough High School auditorium at 6:30 p.m., in partnership with the Phoenix Central School Track and Field.
The movie Trolls was selected due to the absence of tobacco-related images that may be seen in movies for youth.
Tobacco Free Network of CNY staff will be present to provide educational materials about how “one little letter “R” can save a million lives.”
Kathleen Knopp-Haney, Reality Check coordinator, said, “When a non-smoking teen frequently sees their favorite actors smoke on screen, they are sixteen times more likely to have a positive attitude about smoking in the future. If the MPAA were to enact a policy that required all movies containing smoking to be given an R-rating, this would reduce the amount of smoking that kids see in movies by at least 50 percent, reducing the number of teen smokers by nearly 1 in 5.”
The U.S. Surgeon General reports that eliminating on-screen smoking in PG-13 movies would prevent a million future tobacco deaths among America’s children.
The MPAA has stated that it wants to hear from parents regarding smoking in youth-rated movies before changing its movie rating criteria. Express your views to the MPAA, 1600 1st St. SW, Washington, DC, 20006 or [email protected]
These Advancing Tobacco Free Communities programs are NYS Department of Health: Bureau of Tobacco Control grants working to change the community environment to support a statewide tobacco-free norm.
This is accomplished through the community engagement of Tobacco Free Network of CNY and the youth actions of the Reality Check program to work with community members and local leaders to create environments that support tobacco-free policies.
For more information, contact Tobacco Free Network of CNY directly at [email protected] or 315-343-2344 ext. 10.