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2019

Markey for the kids

Alexandra S. Levine | Politico (22 Apr 2019)
Sen. Markey (D-Mass.), a longtime advocate for protections around children and technology, sent letters during the congressional recess to a dozen tech CEOs questioning them about promoting youth smoking … The letters, signed also by Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), raise concern about the prevalence of tobacco imagery in on-demand digital content popular with young audiences, “especially on streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu.” Read more...

Smoking scenes rampant in entertainment media

Kang Seung-woo | Korea Times (22 Apr 2019)
According to [Korea's] Ministry of Health and Welfare, 53.3 percent of dramas, 50.4 percent of films and 50 percent of webtoons depicted smoking … "Children and adolescents exposed to smoking scenes repeatedly are more likely to try smoking," a ministry official said. "We urge entertainment content creators and producers to refrain from showing smoking in content rated for minors." Read more...

Senators query media companies on smoking

| Senator Markey (17 Apr 2019)
“Both film and television continue to expose children and adolescents to tobacco content conclusively proven to cause physical harm to young viewers,” write the Senators in their letters. “Indeed, the recent survey of tobacco content in the streaming series most popular among young viewers suggests that smoking levels in TV-MA rated shows are comparable to R-rated films and the levels in the TV-14 shows are comparable to PG-13 films.” Read more...

Delhi protests smoking in Amazon shows

| Press Trust of India (8 Apr 2019)
A senior official of the Delhi government has asked the Union Health Ministry to stop promotion of smoking and 'hookah' in the three web series - 'Made in Heaven', 'Mirzapur' and 'Four More Shots Please' being aired on Amazon Prime Video. Read more...

No tobacco promos at Mumbai film awards

Press Trust | India Today (20 Mar 2019)
A senior official of the Delhi government has written to the Union Health Ministry, the Maharashtra public health department and the organisers of the Filmfare Awards to "stop the advertisement, promotion and sponsorships" of tobacco brands in the 64th edition of the awards to be held [March 23] in Mumbai. Read more...

How video games glamorize smoking

Frankie Wallace | Headstuff (13 Mar 2019)
Smoking in video games is used similarly to smoking in films; it is a quick and easy habit to give a character to convey them as careless, tough, and even cool. With so many teens and young adults eager to be depicted in these ways, it’s no surprise the influence video games are having. Read more...

2018

Where there's smoke, there's no fire

Chris Ferguson | NY Daily News (11 Dec 2018)
Our results suggest that watching movie smoking accounts for about half a percent of the variance in teen smoking. Or, put another way, predicting what teens will smoke by only knowing what movies they watch is little better than a coin toss. Read more...

"Actors must stop smoking on-screen"

Special correspondent | The Hindu (12 Nov 2018)
PMK founder S. Ramadoss has written to Nadigar Sangam president M. Nasser on advising artists, especially leading heroes, to desist from smoking on-screen in their films. [Nadigar Sangam refers to the South Indian Artistes' Association (SIAA), India's actors union.] Read more...

Delhi gov't sends notice to 'Badhaai Ho' makers, asks them to cut certain scenes

PTI | News18.com (28 Oct 2018)
"A strict compliance notice has been issued to the director, producers and actors of the recently released movie 'Badhaai Ho' asking them to remove smoking scenes as well brand promotions of tobacco products from the film as these are violations under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA)," said Additional Director (Health), Dr. S.K. Arora. Read more...

Is JUULING…going to make it to television?

Rebecca Farley | Refinery29.com (18 Oct 2018)
After she wrote the JUUL into the script, Gamble says the production team checked with her to make sure she’d actually meant “JUUL.” “The interesting thing is, when something that is [a] brand becomes popular, there's always a lot of back and forth around that on TV,” Gamble says. “Even just mentioning a brand by name is a conversation with several departments because there [are] legalities around it.” Read more...

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