The Vermont Health Department and a statewide youth group are trying to counteract images of smoking in movies. Members of the youth group OVX, or Our Voices Exposed, plan to gather at the teen center in Milton on Sunday, a few hours before the Oscars are broadcast nationwide from Hollywood.
Similar OVX events protesting smoking in the movies will be held in March and April at around the state. Kids will be talking about ways to counteract the high level of smoking in movies, particularly PG-13 films aimed at young teenagers. The Health Department is talking to theater owners about showing anti-smoking ads before movies.