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Smoking imagery has no place in our culture. Over the past several years, we’ve experienced a pervasive re-emergence of smoking imagery that is glamorizing and renormalizing a deadly habit to millions of impressionable young people. Research shows that higher exposure to smoking iimagery makes youth twice as likely to smoke. Tobacco use continues to be portrayed positively amongst celebrities in movies, video games and increasingly in streaming video content. 79% of shows most popular with young people between the ages of 15-24 depict tobacco use. This panel discussion will explore why tobacco imagery is making a resurgence and whether entertainment companies have a responsibility to address the issue of tobacco use on-screen, given the outsized impact on younger audiences.


  • Robin Koval, President and CEO, Truth Initiative
  • Michael Tynan, Public Health Analyst, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Dr. Joanne Cranwell, Lecturer, Department of Health, University of Bath U.K.
  • Steven Asarch, Writer, Newsweek Player One
  • Kat Wojsiat, Reality Check of NY


  • Travis Andrews, Reporter, The Washington Post

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Program begins promptly at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.

Knight Conference Center, Eighth Floor
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.  20001

Access the Conference Center from the 6th St entrance.

(The event will also be broadcast live online. To attend in person or view the webcast, please register below.)

For more information, please contact warner@truthinitiative.org or call 202-454-5799 (Starla Stiles) to learn more.

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555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington DC, DC 20001 United States
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