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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...

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...

AG Raoul to streaming companies: Don't show cigarettes

Rebecca Anzel | State Journal-Register (12 Aug 2019)
“As the attorneys general emphasize, the ongoing and even increasing appearance of smoking and tobacco use and related imagery in countless movies and shows that are streamed is a disaster for our youth,” said Cliff Douglas, vice president of tobacco control for the American Cancer Society. “One wonders what the industry is thinking, if anything, when they continue to put this damaging stuff out there; when they have complete discretion to be more thoughtful about protecting our children when pursuing their creativity.” Read more...

43 attorneys general ask streaming industry to stop smoking

| Associated Press (7 Aug 2019)
Forty-three of the nation’s attorneys general are asking the streaming industry to limit depictions of tobacco use in their videos. Read more...

Attorney General Becerra co-leads bipartisan coalition of 43 Attorneys General urging video streaming industry to protect young viewers from tobacco

| CA Dept of Justice (7 Aug 2019)
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson today led a bipartisan coalition of 43 attorneys general in urging the streaming industry to limit tobacco use in their video content. Due to the growing use of tobacco products amongst teens, the attorneys general urge the streaming industry to take proactive steps to protect the lives of young viewers. Read more...

State AGs ask streaming industry to protect young viewers from tobacco imagery

Allison Gilmore | NAAG (7 Aug 2019)
The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent letters to leading U.S. streaming services, encouraging the industry to adopt business practices that protect young viewers from tobacco imagery in video content. Letters were sent to, Apple, AT&T, CBS Corporation, Comcast Corporation, Discovery, The Walt Disney Company, Google, Netflix, Sony, Lionsgate, Viacom, and Walmart. Read more...

Crack down on film poster

Sunayana Suresh | Times of India (6 Aug 2019)
A Telugu-language film's poster shows the star smoking. Karnataka's state tobacco control office has cited this violation of national rules and plans a "sensitization" program for local film producers and exhibitors in lieu of penalties. The state's capital is Bengaluru (Bangalore), India's high-tech hub. 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...

Kids widely exposed to smoking in movies

Univ. of Toronto | Science Daily (24 Jul 2019)
More than half of the top-grossing movies in Ontario in the past 16 years featured smoking, according to University of Toronto researchers with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit -- and most of these films were rated as acceptable for youth. Read more...