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China censors films and TV series that have "too many" smoking scenes

Tracy You | Daily Mail (7 Nov 2019)
China has vowed to clamp down on films and TV series that have 'too many' smoking scenes in a bid to keep its youngsters away from cigarettes. The country's central government has ordered its entertainment censors to increase its screening efforts on productions that show their characters puffing away. SFM note: The Nov. 7. 2019, policy interpretation breaks no new ground in discouraging on-screen smoking. What's new is that it positions smokefree media as part of China's major multi-sectoral, teen-centered tobacco control initiative. For an initial translation, see: Read more...

Smoking scenes in movies — particularly PG-13 ones — have soared in recent years

Susan Perry | MinnPost (4 Nov 2019)
This is a hugely discouraging finding. As the CDC researchers point out, research has shown that the more often young people are exposed to onscreen images of smoking, the greater the likelihood they will take up smoking themselves. Read more...

Smoking on screen has increased by 120% in PG-13 movies

Emily Rolen | PhillyVoice (1 Nov 2019)
Despite a causal relationship between depictions of smoking in movies and initiation, smoking in film is steadily increasing... Read more...

Tobacco use in PG-13 movies is up

| NBC News (1 Nov 2019)
A new government study reveals tobacco use in PG-13 movies has increased 120% over the past decade. The large majority of those scenes were in biographical dramas, but most characters who actually used tobacco were fictional. The Surgeon General has said watching smoking in movies may lead youth to begin smoking themselves. Read more...

On-screen smoking in PG-13 films has doubled since 2010, CDC says

Scottie Andrew | CNN (1 Nov 2019)
The number of times tobacco use appeared on-screen in PG-13 films jumped 120% between 2010 and 2018, according to a new US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. The findings come as skyrocketing e-cigarette use erased previous years' progress in ending youth dependence on tobacco. Read more...

Still way too much smoking in movies aimed at kids

E.J. Mundell | US News & World Report (31 Oct 2019)
Trends like these are important, Tynan and colleagues said, because "the Surgeon General has concluded that there is a causal relationship between depictions of smoking in movies and initiation of smoking among young persons." Read more...

Smoking in movies, especially PG-13 flicks, skyrockets

Tracy Connor | Daily Beast (31 Oct 2019)
The CDC says that while the percentage of films that show or imply tobacco use has been stable since 2010, the number of “tobacco incidents” in top-grossing movies is up 57 percent overall and 120 percent in PG-13 movies, especially biographical dramas. Read more...

Tobacco use soars in top Hollywood movies

Gaby Galvin | US News & World Report (31 Oct 2019)
The new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that while the share of top movies that showed tobacco product use remained level in recent years, there was a 57% increase in "tobacco incidents" in those films, driven largely by a 120% spike in PG-13 movies. Read more...

Taxpayers don't get much when states like California hand tax breaks to Hollywood, study says

Andrew Sheeler | Sacramento Bee (2 Oct 2019)
“This new study should put to rest any notion that motion picture tax incentives may work in some states but not others,” said lead study author Michael Thom, a USC associate professor. “The states investing the most in incentives are not getting the return on investment taxpayers deserve, pure and simple. These incentives cost taxpayers billions of dollars, at a time when that money could be directed to other much needed public services.” Read more...

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...