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2019

Guam AG joins national campaign against streaming services depicting smoking

Jolene Toves | PNC News First (21 Aug 2019)
Attorney General Leevin Camacho said that after the master settlement agreement with tobacco, they realized that the reason a lot of young people are smoking is because they imitate what they see in movies and TV. Read more...

AG Raoul to streaming companies: Don't show cigarettes

Rebecca Anzel | State Journal-Register (12 Aug 2019)
“As the attorneys general emphasize, the ongoing and even increasing appearance of smoking and tobacco use and related imagery in countless movies and shows that are streamed is a disaster for our youth,” said Cliff Douglas, vice president of tobacco control for the American Cancer Society. “One wonders what the industry is thinking, if anything, when they continue to put this damaging stuff out there; when they have complete discretion to be more thoughtful about protecting our children when pursuing their creativity.” Read more...

43 attorneys general ask streaming industry to stop smoking

| Associated Press (7 Aug 2019)
Forty-three of the nation’s attorneys general are asking the streaming industry to limit depictions of tobacco use in their videos. Read more...

Crack down on film poster

Sunayana Suresh | Times of India (6 Aug 2019)
A Telugu-language film's poster shows the star smoking. Karnataka's state tobacco control office has cited this violation of national rules and plans a "sensitization" program for local film producers and exhibitors in lieu of penalties. The state's capital is Bengaluru (Bangalore), India's high-tech hub. Read more...

Smoking imagery study sparks change

| AAFP News (17 Jul 2019)
For the second year in a row, Netflix, the most commonly watched streaming service among those ages 15-24, topped the list — nearly tripling its number of tobacco incidents (866) compared with the previous year's report (299). Read more...

Gears 5 will exclude smoking depictions after concerns raised by youth anti-tobacco org

Todd Spangler | Variety (12 Jul 2019)
News that “Gears 5” is stubbing out smoking comes after Netflix last week said it will cut out tobacco imagery in its originals rated for younger viewers, with the exception of maintaining “historical or factual accuracy.” That came after Truth released a report finding that tobacco use in TV series popular among those aged 15-24 had surged in the past year — and that Netflix original series “Stranger Things” and “Orange Is the New Black” among the worst offenders for showing smoking. Read more...

Before Netflix, Hollywood studios banned most on-screen smoking years ago

Kate Erbland | indiewire.com (9 Jul 2019)
Smoking may be “banned,” but it’s hardly gone. Here’s how each studio explains their own policy. Read more...

Netflix promises to quit smoking on (most) original programming

Vanessa Romo | NPR (4 Jul 2019)
Netflix said future shows aimed at its younger audiences will not depict smoking or e-cigarette use unless it is "essential." The streaming content giant also says information about smoking will be included as part of its ratings. Read more...

Netflix promises fewer depictions of smoking after Stranger Things blowback

Halle Kiefer | Vulture (5 Jul 2019)
Of course, one could argue it is factually accurate to depict adults living in a small Indiana town in the early 1980s as smoking like chimneys, but then you remember there’s an interdimensional Demogorgon in this show and we’re not exactly talking about a historical biopic here. Read more...

Netflix to cut smoking from youth-targeted content after criticism

Todd Spangler | Variety (3 Jul 2019)
Netflix said that going forward, all new shows it commissions with ratings of TV-14 or below (and all films rated PG-13 or below) will exclude smoking and e-cigarette use, except for “reasons of historical or factual accuracy.” The streamer also said new projects with higher ratings will not depict smoking or e-cigarette use “unless it’s essential to the creative vision of the artist or because it’s character-defining (historically or culturally important).” Read more...

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