OREANDA-NEWS Democratic senators Ed Markey from Massachusetts, Chris Van Hollen from Maryland and Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut have written an open letter to the CEOs of Netflix calling for reducing the number of scenes in popular projects in which the characters smoke.

According to the company Truth Initiative, in one of the most popular streaming series — The Queen's Gambit and The Umbrella Academy — a total of 425 smoking scenes were shown. This is reported by Bloomberg with reference to the text of the statement.

«We are writing to you in connection with the depiction of scenes of tobacco and nicotine use in Netflix projects that can be viewed by young people. Decades of scientific research prove that watching such footage increases the likelihood that young viewers will use tobacco, nicotine or engage in vaping. Therefore, we urge your company to take more drastic measures to reduce the amount of image data in order to reduce the consumption of this harmful content by young people», the letter says to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos.