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2017

Tobacco use jumps 80% in top-grossing movies

Victoria Knight | CNN (10 Jul 2017)
The numbers are prompting concern from public health researchers and advocates over the effects these scenes have on young people's behavior. [Includes video with Acting Surgeon General] Read more...

Number of pre-teen films featuring smoking has risen by 43% in six years

Daisy Dunne | Daily Mail (10 Jul 2017)
Experts warned the results are a 'troublesome plot twist' in the health of young people, who may be at an increased risk of tobacco addiction because of the rise in on-screen smoking. Read more...

Tobacco use in hit movies jumps 80% in one year

Claire Schaffer | Newsweek (10 Jul 2017)
"The MPAA needs to modernize the rating system to reflect the conclusive science that putting smoking on a screen increases the chances of youth smoking and then dying prematurely as a result." Read more...

Dramatic spike in smoking scenes

Kirsty Fowler | NBC 7 San Diego (10 Jul 2017)
UCSF and its other research partners are hoping these findings will push for stricter ratings within the film industry. Read more...

Report shows incidents of smoking increase in youth-focused US films

| Xinhua (10 Jul 2017)
"Modernizing Hollywood's rating system to protect the audience by awarding movies with smoking an R rating would save a million kids' lives." Read more...

Why is smoking on screen popular again?

Patricia Garcia | Vogue (10 Jul 2017)
While freedom of artistic expression is important, limiting the marketing of smoking (a dangerous, expensive, and addictive habit) in teenage and young-adult movies seems like a cause that all studio heads and filmmakers should be able to rally behind. Read more...

Smoking on the rise in movies aimed at young: Study

Robert Preidt | US News & World Report (6 Jul 2017)
Nancy Brown, head of the American Heart Association (AHA), called the findings a "troublesome plot twist." Read more...

Number of smoking images increased dramatically in PG-13 films, study finds

Gillian Brassil | San Jose Mercury News (6 Jul 2017)
The report suggests that public subsidies should not go to support ... movies that portray smoking. Read more...

Study: Smoking skyrockets in movies aimed at young people

| HealthDay (6 Jul 2017)
"Easier access, coupled with a growing number of tobacco images in film, means more and more young people will be put at risk of a lifetime addiction, disease and possibly an early death," [American Heart Association president Nancy Brown] said in a news release. Read more...

What actors are really smoking in your favorite movies and TV shows

Nathalie Basha | Circa (19 May 2017)
I bet you've been watching your favorite TV show, and at some point thought to yourself...."Wow. They smoke a lot on this show. How...unhealthy." But really, those probably aren't real cigarettes. Read more...