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2020

Why the same fake cigarettes are used in TV and movies

Snyder C | Insider (17 Apr 2020)
We traced Morley back to some of its earliest appearances in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" and "The Twilight Zone," to "The X-Files," "Friends," and even a 2020 episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." We also spoke to a film professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television to see why the popular fake brand is so significant in the history of entertainment. [Editor's note: This report says that a study found that villains do most of the smoking on screen. The only peer-reviewed study we know of, on this question, found that good guy smokers outnumber bad guy smokers, but that bad guy smokers are somewhat more influential on teens — so, overall, good guys and bad guy smokers account for equal harm. See: Tanski SE, Stoolmiller M, Dal Cin S, Worth K. Movie character smoking and adolescent smoking: Who matters more, good guys or bad guys? Pediatrics. 2009;124(1): 135–143. July 2009. Read more...

2019

Netflix curbs tobacco use onscreen, but not pot.

Neda Ulaby | NPR (17 Aug 2019)
...Rosenberg says it's perhaps disingenuous for filmmakers or studios to argue, as Netflix does today, that smoking onscreen is an artistic expression when much of it, historically, came out of marketing departments — product placement ... Glantz worries that kind of product placement might happen again with weed, once it becomes widely commercialized. Read more...

Should movies that feature smoking be for adults only?

Metro Morning | CBC Toronto (30 Jul 2019)
Robert Schwartz is the director of the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit and one of the authors of a study that estimates 185,000 people aged 17 or younger [in Ontario] will become smokers because of seeing people smoke on-screen. [6-minute audio segment] Read more...

2018

Senate Democrats aim to eliminate tobacco imagery in movies

Karolina Rivas | ABC News (5 Jun 2018)
Some Democratic senators are encouraging the new head of the Motion Picture Association of America to ensure “responsible” practices when it comes to displaying use of tobacco in films – a plea they believe will stop young people from taking up smoking. Read more...

Anybody got a match?

Jonathan McNicol | WNPR (10 May 2018)
Cigarettes have been such an integral part of movies for so long that one big concern in the lead up to Disney and Fox's planned merger is — seriously — all the smoking in Fox movies. This hour: a look at the cultural history of smoking. Participants include film critic David Edelstein. [Includes 49:30 audio] Read more...

Vancouver students call out movies promoting smoking in #NotSmokingHot campaign

Yuliya Talmazan | Global News (23 Feb 2018)
As the world gets ready for this Sunday’s Academy Awards, some Vancouver students are playing the role of movie critic. [Vancouver students] have kept a close eye on acting and cinematography and spotted something they don't like. Linda Aylesworth tells us what they're doing about it. [VIDEO] Read more...

Smoking in movies encourages youth to take up the habit, Peterborough (Canada) public health officials say

Jesse Thomas | Global News (15 Mar 2018)
“We know that there is a direct correlation between youths seeing (smoking) in films and also them beginning to be tobacco consumers or even just trying it,” said Peterborough Public Health peer leader and presenter Meagan Lacombe. “It’s also a concern because films are the last place that tobacco companies can advertise to youth.” [VIDEO] Read more...

2017

Should movies with smoking get an 'R' rating?

Rebecca Plevin | KPCC (So. California) (30 Aug 2017)
"Since the industry's progress halted, major studios and independent producer-distributors have released 210 top-grossing, youth-rated U.S. films featuring more than 6,000 tobacco incidents, delivering 60.5 billion tobacco impressions to audiences in U.S. theaters alone," the letter says. Read more...

Rated R for smoking would prevent teens from lighting up: CDC

Ben Russell | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (23 Jul 2017)
Rated R for smoking would become a reality if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gets its way. [Includes local interviews in 02:45 video report] Read more...

Smoking in the movies

Jonathan Savage | BBC World Service (13 Jul 2017)
[Interview with UCSF's Stanton Glantz begins at 11:53 on time slider] Read more...

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