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Listen Listening In it, womenusually young and often provocatively dressedappear in videos and ritualistically smoke cigarettes. MSU Professor Hye-Jin Paek worries the videos may be a new hurdle in efforts to control tobacco use among young people. Fetishism is defined as the compulsive use of an object or non-genital part of the body that triggers an erotic response.
Some of the better known fetishes involve feet or footwear, hair and role-playing. For some, it's cigarettes and the act of smoking. MSU communications professor Dr. Hye-Jin Paek is part of a team that recently studied "smoking fetish" videos on You Tube. They found over two-thousand. Paek worries about the prevalence and accessibility of the videos to millions of young people. Given YouTube's growing popularity, she worries the videos could be a setback for tobacco control efforts. Paek says the of smoking fetish videos is growing rapidly.
In the future, she says stricter government regulation of what she calls "pro smoking" content may be desirable. But she says study of the phenomenon is in its infancy and more research is needed to measure its impact. For MI: At the risk of sounding prurient here, tell us more about what one sees in a "smoking fetish" video. MB: Many on You Tube are simply a close-up shot of usually a something woman, intently, sometimes artfully, smoking a cigarette. There's a lot of "play" with the smoke--smoke rings, massive clouds of smoke floating about open mouths. There's a real element of exhibitionism and performance in a lot of them.
In her study, Dr. MB: Hardly. There are many, probably hundreds, of smoking fetish websites where the videos are often more sophisticated and pornographic. Paek doesn't advocate that You Tube starting rating its videos. A You Tube spokesperson explained in an e-mail that their policy prohibits pornography, and underage smoking. Often they ARE just shots of young people smoking. Paek is simply skeptical about the fact that its SELF-regulating. And again, the sheer of them is growing so rapidly, that's a concern. She says her larger aim is to make tobacco control experts aware of the spike in this kind of content on the web.
MB: There appears to be very little, if any, at this point. Paek and her colleagues appear to be at the heart of what little study and discussion there is. In fact, I spoke with one group--the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids in Washington--and they admitted these videos were completely off their radar.
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"Smoking fetish" videos worry MSU researcher