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Television: Smoking

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL3734, tabled on 29 November 2017

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.

Answered on

12 December 2017

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.