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2016

What are actors actually smoking in movies?

Michelle Woo | Upvoted.com (30 Jan 2016)
A veteran prop master explains what actors are really inhaling, puffing and snorting on screen. Read more...

2015

Smoking common in foreign films, study finds

Robert Preidt | U.S. News (3 Nov 2015)
But only films from Argentina showed smoking on screen for a longer time frame than those from the United States. Read more...

Will Ab Fab’s Patsy be stripped of chain-smoking habit by censors?

Sarah Knapton | The Telegraph (1 Nov 2015)
Joanna Lumley, who will reprise the role of Patsy in next year's Absolutely Fabulous movie, said, 'The smoking will be interesting as people are very serious about it now.' Read more...

Fighting tobacco's unrestricted role in movies

Thom Forbes | MediaPost.com (16 Oct 2015)
Tobacco in movies is "surely a perverse testimony to the power of product integration on screens both big and ever smaller." Read more...

To save 30,000 lives, restrict movies with smoking to those 18 or older, public health researchers say

Nicole Bodnar | Univ. of Toronto News (8 Sep 2015)
An Ontario 18A rating for all movies with smoking would avert more than 30,000 tobacco-related deaths and save more than half a billion dollars in healthcare costs, University of Toronto public health researchers say. Read more...

Disney bans smoking in youth-rated films

Shamontiel Vaughn | Orlando Sun Times (16 Jul 2015)
While the rule holds strong for films that Disney produces, the same rules do not apply to films that the company distributes. Read more...

Time Warner seeks shareholders vote on tobacco depictions in movies

Indiantelevision.com Team | Indiantelevision.com (20 Jun 2015)
'Tobacco in youth-rated movies is an unnecessary liability. This crisis in an opportunity for the company to demonstrate its leadership and its commitment to health.' Read more...

India cancer center wants PM to ban smoking in movies

| The Hindu (21 May 2015)
Responding to Bollywood's objections to health warnings, an anti-cancer leader proposes an outright ban on smoking scenes in movies. Read more...

With smoking declining on screen, experts turn attention to alcohol

Chandra Johnson | Deseret News (Utah) (19 May 2015)
It has taken medical professionals longer to talk about the influence of alcohol in the movies partially because there’s much less research behind it than smoking depictions. Read more...

Anti-tobacco activists target film poster

TNN | The Times of India (22 Apr 2015)
Citing another film poster showing the hero smoking, a Chennai activist reports: "Officials send notices to the filmmakers, but there's no further action after that." Read more...