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2020

Exclusive: Report finds tobacco imagery persists, and says young viewers turn to vaping

Bill Keveney | USA Today (1 Sep 2020)
When young viewers see smoking on television, it can increase the likelihood they will try e-cigarettes, according to a first-of-its-kind study, part of a new report on tobacco and smoking imagery on TV…[The Truth Initiative report] also finds tobacco and smoking depictions in the most popular shows for young people appear to be rising since the group's first While You Were Streaming reports in 2018 and 2019. Read more...

We are the guinea pigs

Nicole Sperling and Brooks Barnes | The New York Times (13 Aug 2020)
Hollywood has been unable to restart production on its own soundstages in California because of surging infections in the state, plodding negotiations with unions over protocols and the time it takes to get test results. So big movie studios, under pressure to get their production assembly lines running again, have focused on overseas shooting. The “Avatar” sequels are filming again in New Zealand. Sony Pictures has “Uncharted,” its adaptation of a popular video game, going in Berlin. Read more...

One third of young adults may be at risk … especially if they smoke

Mallory Moench | San Francisco Chronicle (13 Jul 2020)
Smoking was the most common risk factor for severe COVID-19 complications among otherwise largely healthy young people, the study found. Read more...

...Why the tobacco still?

Suraj Nair | Research Matters (30 Jun 2020)
Currently, government intervention in regulating digital content is still minimal. “There is a lack of a governing or certifying body or even a law to regulate the content shown in online platforms,” laments Dr Arora. Read more...

Ghana pushes for movie warnings

| GhanaWeb (16 Jun 2020)
“Because we have banned tobacco advertisement, promotion and sponsorship, the tobacco industry may hide behind the movie industry, brand or social media influencers to indirectly advertise or promote their products. So we expect that anti-tobacco messages are run in movies that depict scenery of tobacco use to also inform or educate the viewers on the harmful effects of tobacco use,” [FDA official Olivia Agyekumwaa Boateng] added. Read more...

Hindi film industry exposed children to alcohol, tobacco, fast-food, says study

Neetu Chandra Sharma | Livemint (8 Jun 2020)
Hindi film industry (Bollywood), in the last two decades, has exposed audience including children to tobacco, alcohol and consumption of fast-food in its films, watching which is associated with initiation of their consumption, a research published in scientific journal PLOS One has stated. The research comes at a time when covid-19 pandemic has led to a surge in media consumption as people sit home and spend more time on their screens for entertainment and games. Read more...

Match lights ire

Sue Dunlevy | The Sunday Mail (Australia) (31 May 2020)
…And there are calls from Quit Victoria to give movies and TV shows depicting smoking higher classifications and include clear, upfront warnings. Read more...

Pakistan health ministry wants smokefree TV

| TheNews.com (18 Feb 2020)
Islamabad:The Directorate of Tobacco Control of the Ministry of National Health Services has directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to instruct all television channels to immediately cleanse their dramas and programmes of smoking scenes that lure young people towards tobacco use, and to instead consider telecasting public service messages against smoking, which kills 166,000 people in Pakistan each year. [Note: Pakistan, a party to WHO's binding global tobacco control treaty, joins China, India and others opposing youth exposure to tobacco promotion in commercial entertainment media.] Read more...

Tax breaks for movies get bad reviews

Scott Cohen | CNBC (31 Jan 2020)
[R]esearcher Robert Marich said in an interview with CNBC's "American Greed." "It … depends on the stomach of the voters to essentially subsidize an industry and lower taxes for a certain select industry, which means essentially raising taxes for everyone else." Read more...

What Disney bans from its movies

Meghan Jones | Reader's Digest (30 Jan 2020)
That popular "three things are banned" rumor certainly doesn't hold up for some of Disney's major franchise properties. Read more...

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