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2017

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...

Popcorn and cigarettes?

Lisa Esposito | US News (31 Mar 2017)
While Hollywood has reduced smoking in films aimed at younger audiences, parents can't be certain kids won't be exposed to onscreen cigarette or cigar puffing, even with PG-rated or animated movies. Read more...

Vancouver (BC) students tweak smoking movies on Twitter

Yuliya Talmazan | Global News (23 Feb 2017)
Just a few days before the 89th Academy Awards are handed out in Los Angeles, a group of students at David Thompson Secondary in Vancouver is calling out films and directors that, they say, are glamourizing smoking to young people. Read more...

Films, TV soft target for anti-tobacco drive

Special correspondent | The Hindu (10 Feb 2017)
The Indian film and television industry has come out strongly against a WHO-sponsored study criticizing implementation of anti-tobacco messages on films and shows with smoking. Read more...

22% of India TV programs depict tobacco use: gov't study

PTI | India Today (10 Feb 2017)
Study recommends stronger enforcement of Indian rules that add anti-tobacco warnings to programming with tobacco imagery. Read more...

Watching James Bond could turn you into a smoker

Stephen Matthews | Daily Mail (17 Jan 2017)
Cigarettes feature in all but one of James Bond's 24 movies filmed to date, new research has discovered. And despite kicking the habit in 2002 - before Daniel Craig took over - he continues to be exposed to second-hand smoke from his sexual partners, experts say. Read more...

2016

Movie ratings can deem films with tobacco use as OK for kids, judge rules

David Lieberman | Deadline Hollywod (11 Nov 2016)
The MPAA has a free speech right to assign a G, PG, or PG-13 rating to movies that depict tobacco use, a U.S. District Court has ruled — rejecting an argument that the practice is a form of commercial speech that dangerously encourages kids to smoke. Read more...

Hollywood studios beat lawsuit over PG and PG-13 rating films featuring smoking

Eriq Gardner | The Hollywood Reporter (11 Nov 2016)
A judge concludes that ratings are opinions, that misrepresentations haven't been made and that the proposed class action interferes with free speech. Read more...