New Guidelines Released to Limit Smoking Content in Media

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South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare has released new guidelines to reduce smoking-related content in media production and broadcasting.

According to a report by South Korean media outlet MBN on December 22nd, the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Korea Institute of Health Promotion and Development have jointly released new guidelines for media production and broadcasting. The aim is to enable television stations and platforms like YouTube to voluntarily reduce the display and description of smoking-related content during their broadcasts and productions.


The newly released guidelines aim to better protect children and adolescents by reducing their exposure to smoking scenes and images. The guidelines explicitly state that media should avoid promoting or glamorizing smoking in their content. They should refrain from depicting celebrities, children, and teenagers smoking, as well as mentioning specific cigarette brands, company names, or slang terms related to smoking.

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