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Help support a rating change in Ontario to protect kids and teens, by preventing tobacco from being shown in future movies rated for kids and teens.

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The Issue

 

WHY IS SMOKING IN MOVIES AN ISSUE?

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NUMBERS
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% of Ontario youth smokers are recruited to become smokers due to seeing smoking in the movies.

185000

children and teens (aged 0-17) in Ontario will start smoking because of their exposure to onscreen smoking.

59000

the number of smokers recruited to smoke by exposure to on-screen smoking who will eventually die prematurely from smoking-rated diseases.

86

% of movies with tobacco that were youth-rated in Ontario.

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The Evidence

Research has shown a direct relationship between exposure to smoking in movies and the number of youth who start smoking.
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MPP Support on Petitions

As of May 9 2018, this petition has been read into the record 49 times by 22 MPPs across all 3 parties including 2 members of the Standing Committee on Government Agencies.

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Petition To the Legislative Assembly of  Ontario:

WHEREAS:

  • In the past 10 years in Ontario, 86% of all movies with on-screen smoking were rated for youth
  • The tobacco industry has a long, well-documented history of promoting tobacco use on-screen
  • A scientific report released by the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit estimated that 185,000 children in Ontario today will be recruited to smoking by exposure to on-screen smoking
  • More than 59,000 will eventually die from tobacco-related cancers, strokes, heart disease and emphysema, incurring at least $1.1 billion in healthcare costs. And whereas an adult rating (18A) for movies that promote on-screen tobacco in Ontario would save at least 30,000 lives and half a billion health care dollars.
  • The Ontario Government has a stated goal to achieve the lowest smoking rates in Canada.
  • 79% of Ontarians support not allowing smoking in movies rated G, PG, 14A (increased from 73% in 2011).
  • The Minister of Government and Consumer Services has the authority to amend the regulations of the Film Classification Act via Cabinet.

We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

  • To request the Standing Committee on Government Agencies examine the ways in which the regulations of the Film Classification Act could be amended to reduce smoking in youth-rated films released in Ontario.
  • That the committee report back on its findings to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and that the Minister of Government and Consumer Services prepare a response. As of May 9 2018, this petition has been read into the record 49 times by 22 MPPs across all 3 parties including 2 members of the Standing Committee on Government Agencies.

 

Hansard record of MPP listed in alpha order as May 9 2018

MPP Armstrong, London—Fanshawe (NDP)

“I wholeheartedly support this petition…”
Nov 22 2017
www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2017-11-22&Parl=41&Sess=2&locale=en#P1070_181655
Dec 13 2017
http://www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_pdf/13-DEC-2017_L136.pdf
Mar 1 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_pdf/01-MAR-2018_L144.pdf
“I fully support this petition”
Mar 28 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2018-3-28&Parl=41&Sess=3&locale=en#P732_156713

MPP Arnott, Wellington-Halton Hills (PC)

Dec 6 2016
http://hansardindex.ontla.on.ca/hansardeissue/41-2/l040.htm
Nov 22 2017
www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2017-11-22&Parl=41&Sess=2&locale=en#P1070_181655

MPP Barrett, Haldimand Norfolk (PC)

Nov 15 2017
http://www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_pdf/14-NOV-2017_L116.pdf
Apr 16 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2018-4-16&Parl=41&Sess=3&locale=en#P753_115597

MPP Bradley**, St. Catharines  (LIB)

“I have signed this petition.”
May 30 2017
www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_pdf/30-MAY-2017_L087.pdf
“I have signed this petition, as I’m in complete agreement with it,”
Dec 13 2017
http://www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_pdf/13-DEC-2017_L136.pdf

MPP Campbell Kenora-Rainy River (NDP)

“I support this, will affix my signature”
Apr 26 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2018-4-26&Parl=41&Sess=3&locale=en#P1011_204286

MPP Clark, Leeds-Grenville (PC)

“I’m pleased to affix my signature in support of the petition”
Oct 24 2017
http://hansardindex.ontla.on.ca/hansardeissue/41-2/l100.htm

MPP Dinovo, Parkdale-High Park (NDP)

“I couldn’t agree more. I’m going to sign this”
Dec 7 2016
http://hansardindex.ontla.on.ca/hansardeissue/41-2/l041.htm

MPP  Gelinas,  Nickel Belt (NDP)

“I fully support this petition, will affix my name to it”  and “I’m pleased to present these petitions that were collected in Hamilton Centre, as well … from Hanmer in my riding.”
March 5 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_pdf/05-MAR-2018_L145.pdf
Nov 30 2017
http://www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_pdf/30-NOV-2017_L129.pdf
Nov 21 2017
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2017-11-21&Parl=41&Sess=2&locale=en
Nov 20 2017
www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_pdf/20-NOV-2017_L122.pdf
Nov 16 2017
www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_pdf/16-NOV-2017_L118.pdf
Oct 31 2017
http://www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_pdf/31-OCT-2017_L113.pdf
Oct 25 2017
http://hansardindex.ontla.on.ca/hansardeissue/41-2/l110.htm
Oct 2 2017
http://hansardindex.ontla.on.ca/hansardeissue/41-2/l100.htm
Sept 26 2017
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2017-9-26&Parl=41&Sess=2&locale=en
Sept 21 2017
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2017-9-21&Parl=41&Sess=2&locale=en#P797_166064
Sept 11 2017
http://hansardindex.ontla.on.ca/hansardeissue/41-2/l090.htm

MPP Hardeman Oxford (PC)

“I thank very much the presenters of the petition, and I thank you for the opportunity to present it on their behalf to the Legislature.”
May 2 2017
http://hansardindex.ontla.on.ca/hansardeissue/41-2/l075.htm

MPP Hoggarth Barrie (LIB)

I agree with this petition. I affix my name to it”
Apr 19 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2018-4-19&Parl=41&Sess=3&locale=en#P914_176779
Apr 25 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2018-4-25&Parl=41&Sess=3&locale=en#P1009_199019
May 1 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2018-5-1&Parl=41&Sess=3&locale=en#P955_192872

MPP Mantha Algoma-Manitoulin (NDP)

“I agree with this petition.”
May 3 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2018-5-3&Parl=41&Sess=3&locale=en#P1060_182096

MPP Matthews (LIB)

“I agree with this petition. I have attached my name to it.”
Mar 1 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_pdf/01-MAR-2018_L144.pdf
Mar 1 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_pdf/01-MAR-2018_L144.pdf
March 8 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_pdf/08-MAR-2018_L148.pdf
March 28 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2018-3-28&Parl=41&Sess=3&locale=en#P784_165985

MPP Martow Thornhill (PC)

“Of course, I’m affixing my signature….”
Nov 23
http://www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_pdf/23-NOV-2017_L125.pdf
Nov 27
http://www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_pdf/27-NOV-2017_L126.pdf

MPP McMeekin Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale (LIB)

Sept 20 2017
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2017-9-20&Parl=41&Sess=2&locale=en#P1030_230462

MPP Miller Hamilton East—Stoney Creek (NDP)

“I agree with this and will initial it.”
Feb 28 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_pdf/28-FEB-2018_L143.pdf

MPP Pettapiece** Perth-Wellington (PC)

“On March 6 I tabled a petition from the Think team that makes a strong case for change and requests that the Standing Committee on Government Agencies look at this issue. I hope this government will take the Think team’s advice and move to address this important issue.”
Apr 25 2017
http://hansardindex.ontla.on.ca/hansardeissue/41-2/l071.htm
Mar 6 2017
http://hansardindex.ontla.on.ca/hansardeissue/41-2/l050.htm

MPP Rinaldi Northumberland-Quinte West (LIB)

“I sign this petition.”
Apr 24 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2018-4-24&Parl=41&Sess=3&locale=en#P1014_197131

MPP Sandals Guelph (LIB)

“I have already affixed my signature.”
Apr 17 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2018-4-17&Parl=41&Sess=3&locale=en#P879_193979
Apr 16 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2018-4-16&Parl=41&Sess=3&locale=en#P753_115597
Apr 10 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2018-4-10&Parl=41&Sess=3&locale=en#P940_192796
Mar 29 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2018-3-29&Parl=41&Sess=3&locale=en#P885_181249

MPP Sattler London West (NDP)

“I support this petition, affix my name to it”
Sept 14 2017
http://hansardindex.ontla.on.ca/hansardeissue/41-2/l093.htm

MPP Taylor, Hamilton Mountain (NDP)

“I support this. I will affix my name to it..”
Feb 26 2018
http://www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_pdf/26-FEB-2018_L141.pdf

MPP Walker Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound (PC)

“I fully support it, affix my name”
Sept 21 2017
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2017-9-21&Parl=41&Sess=2&locale=en#P797_166064
Sept 14 2017
http://hansardindex.ontla.on.ca/hansardeissue/41-2/l093.htm

MPP Yurek Elgin-Middlesex-London (PC)

“I sign my name to this petition”
June 1 2017
http://hansardindex.ontla.on.ca/hansardeissue/41-2/l089.htm


Source:

Hansard Ontario http://www.ontla.on.ca/pas/house-proceedings/house-documents.xhtml?locale=en
Advanced search http://hansardindex.ontla.on.ca/hansarde.asp
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