News | 2018

2018

Alberta gov't gets another unhealthy report card on tobacco reduction

| Smoke-Free Alberta (18 Jan 2018)
The [provincial] government received an “F” for failing to protect Alberta youth from the depiction of smoking in youth-rated movies and a “D” for not implementing and enforcing approved legislation to prohibit tobacco sales to minors. [Full report at http://bit.ly/2FYcwdx] Read more...

Fund companies targeted for role in Hollywood tobacco

Tony Chapelle | Financial Times (12 Jan 2018)
An advocacy group that uses proxy resolutions to spur consumer-electronics chains and oil producers to change practices is turning its attention to mutual fund companies that invest in tobacco — and Hollywood. [News article is subscription only] Read more...

Can movie ratings really stop teens from smoking?

Dorri Olds | The Fix (12 Jan 2018)
“Tobacco companies used to pay studios, directors [and] actors for product placement on the screen,” said [Erika] Sward [of the American Lung Association]. “We know that was one of the ways that the tobacco industry directly marketed their products, many of which were aimed at young people. That was prior to the Master Settlement Agreement with the tobacco companies in 1998, but we still do see a great deal of tobacco use in the movies and on screen. It was way back in 1964 [that] the Surgeon General concluded that smoking causes lung cancer.” Read more...