A coalition of Attorneys General from 43 states requested the streaming industry to protect young viewers by eliminating or reducing tobacco use images in their video content.
The coalition led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson noted the increasing number of teenagers using tobacco products such as e-cigarettes.
Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that the number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes increased from 2.1 million in 2017 to 3.6 million in 2018.
Tobacco use is destroying the health of America’s youth
In 2012, the U.S. Surgeon General determined that watching movies with tobacco imagery increases the likelihood that adolescents will become smokers.
In a statement, Attorney General Becerra said, “Tobacco use is a very serious public health concern that is destroying the health of our youth. We all have the responsibility to ensure America’s children do not pay the price for inaction when it comes to tobacco enforcement. My office is committed to tackling this problem from all angles and ensuring a healthier California.”