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2015

This warning should stay

The Editors | The Hindu (26 May 2015)
The warning scroll is an effective way of communicating the dangers of smoking. Read more...

India cancer center wants PM to ban smoking in movies

| The Hindu (21 May 2015)
Responding to Bollywood's objections to health warnings, an anti-cancer leader proposes an outright ban on smoking scenes in movies. Read more...

With smoking declining on screen, experts turn attention to alcohol

Chandra Johnson | Deseret News (Utah) (19 May 2015)
It has taken medical professionals longer to talk about the influence of alcohol in the movies partially because there’s much less research behind it than smoking depictions. Read more...

'Mad Men' got the smoking issue right after all

Robin Koval | CNN (19 May 2015)
Suddenly the fictional world of 'Mad Men' collided with the facts about women's lung and heart health and the array of deadly illnesses linked to women smoking. Read more...

Anti-tobacco activists target film poster

TNN | The Times of India (22 Apr 2015)
Citing another film poster showing the hero smoking, a Chennai activist reports: "Officials send notices to the filmmakers, but there's no further action after that." Read more...

Disney takes on matter of life and death

Robin Koval | Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (15 Apr 2015)
Disney isn’t alone in creating the stories and images young people watch. We need the other major studios to follow Disney’s example. Read more...

Healthcare workers shocked over removal of health warnings in films

Staff | The Hindu (13 Apr 2015)
A Delhi healthcare workers group in India objects to a cabinet plan to strip health warnings off cinema scenes of smoking. Read more...

Anti-tobacco activists slam Centre’s plan to stop no-smoking scroll in films

TNN | The Times of India (10 Apr 2015)
'Removal...will be a big setback to our tobacco control efforts,' said one. Read more...

'Kollywood' anti-tobacco coalition thrashes film industry's proposal

Narendra Ch | MeriNews (10 Apr 2015)
Tamil Nadu group warns that removing the anti-tobacco scrolls from South Indian films will increase the numbers smoking. Read more...

Clearing the air: Disney to ban smoking in all future movies

Ben Child | The Guardian (13 Mar 2015)
Cigarettes to be excluded from forthcoming films, including Marvel and Star Wars properties, CEO Bob Iger tells shareholders. Disney has banned smoking in all of its forthcoming movies, unless characters being depicted were historically known for lighting up. Read more...