Netflix says it’s going to cut back on how often smoking is shown in its original shows.
Instead characters will be seen chewing gum and becoming irritable, with many of them putting on weight between series’ and blaming their metabolism.
The decision comes after a report said programmes on the streaming site show ‘much more tobacco’ than other channels.
A spokesman for Netflix said that since they made the decision to cut smoking, he’s noticed just how much tobacco there is on TV and that he can’t believe other channels show such a disgusting habit.
Netflix said smoking in programmes aimed at younger people will only be allowed for ‘reasons of historical or factual accuracy’.
Any programme set prior to the nineties will show everybody smoking and children aged between 3 and 9 being sent to the shops to buy fags for their parents, Sheila next door and a random aunt or uncle.
The report named Orange is the New Black as one show in which there was significantly more smoking than other shows which are also popular with viewers aged 15 -24.
Netflix said that smoking will be removed from the show as depictions of it are likely to be a harmful influence on young people. They also acknowledged that violent scenes could adversely affect young minds and plan to bring in a rule that all fights must take place at least 20 feet away from a public building. It’s anticipated that workplace violence will occur directly outside offices but that once every 6-8 months it will move away from the main door following an email from the boss.
This is not the first time that on-screen smoking has caused a stir. In 2017 more than 70 people complained about seeing smoking on Love Island and the issue was even raised in the House of Lords.
Unfortunately none of them were there to debate it as they were all outside having a cigar.