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Youth group wants to "rate smoking R," hosting free movie screening Tuesday night

Youth group wants to Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Youth group wants to Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

CORNING, N.Y. (WETM) – Reality Check youth of Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties are raising awareness about how Hollywood encourages tobacco use in teens.

The group believes that by showcasing tobacco use in films geared toward a younger audience, Hollywood is contributing to the normalization of smoking,

Reality Check teams up with the Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition and the Corning Palace Theare every year to host a “smoke-free” movie night. This year the theater will be screening “The Greatest Showman,” a PG-rated, smoke-free film.

Not only is the event smoke-free, it’s also cost-free. Seating is first-come first-serve. The first 70 people will get a free small popcorn and water.

It’s part of International Week of Action, which also leads up to the 91st Academy Awards. 

 

 

 

WHY:                Tobacco imagery in youth-rated movies is a cause of youth smoking.[i] Hence the reason Reality Check is promoting a youth-rated film that is smoke-free. Smoking in movies recruits 187,000 new teen smokers every year and 60,000 of them will die prematurely due to a tobacco related illness. According to the latest report from the U.S. Surgeon

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