Anti-smoking group finds streaming giants shows feature twice as many cigarettes and tobacco incidents as traditional TV channels
Netflix has been singled out for criticism by an anti-smoking organisation, which released research that claims the streaming giants original programmes have more than twice as many scenes featuring smoking as its rivals.
Truth Initiative, a US public health organisation, identified the 14 most popular shows with viewers aged 15-24 across broadcast and cable providers. It found Netflix shows featured a total of 319 tobacco incidents (a definition that covers implied use of a tobacco product), with Stranger Things top of the list for 182 scenes featuring cigarettes.
AMCs The Walking Dead was the next highest, featuring 94 scenes showing tobacco use, according to the research. Other Netflix shows on the list were Orange Is the New Black (45), House of Cards (41), Fuller House (22), and docu-series Making a Murderer (20).
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