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2018

Third of all UK shows watched by kids reference smoking

Joe Mellor | The London Economic (14 Aug 2018)
A study of the five national free-to-air stations found it occurred in one in three prime time programmes – and nearly one-in-ten (8%) adverts or trailers. Channel 5 was the biggest offender. The study published in Tobacco Control found the amount of tobacco content has hardly changed in five years – including before the watershed. For instance it is seen in about a third of soap operas, chat shows and news and current affairs programmes, around four-in-ten documentaries and drams, half of comedies and two-in-three cartoons – mainly The Simpsons. Read more...

Actors who smoke on screen to make antismoking PSAs

PTI | MoneyControl.com (13 Aug 2018)
India's government is looking into suggestions by a panel that short films be made to convey anti-smoking messages with those actors who are depicted as smoking on screen, a top official has said. Read more...

Nigeria aims to halt tobacco placement in films, videos

| Oracle News (Lagos) (24 Jul 2018)
Nigeria's federal government will "bring National Film and Video Censorship Board to the table." [Note: Nigeria's "Nollywood" claims to be the world's second most prolific film industry, after India's. See https://www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/nollywood-second-largest-film-industry.] Read more...

Indian gov't mulls online anti-tobacco rules

Abintika Ghosh and Krishn Kraushik | The Indian Express (12 Jul 2018)
[Given tobacco imagery in Neflix' first original Indian series, Sacred Games:] A health ministry official said, “Currently, sites that stream online content are not required to carry health warnings on tobacco. But after the recent decision to ratify the FCTC protocol against illicit tobacco trade we are looking at FCTC provisions dealing with cross-border tobacco advertisements.” Read more...

Ethan Hawke thinks "Before" characters could be back

Celebretainment | Lincoln Journal-Star (2 Jul 2018)
The 'First Reformed' star admitted his "heart broke" when he realised his grandfather's insistence that smoking in movies inspired people to adopt the habit was true, but he's still against censoring real life on film. [Note: Ethan Hawke has smoked in each of his six top-grossing films since 2002, all but one R-rated. The Magnificent Seven (2016, Sony) was rated PG-13.] Read more...

Sarath Kumar fumes over TV debates on smoking scene in Vijay starrer

Prakash Upadhyaya | Int'l Business Times (2 Jul 2018)
Tamil actor-turned-politician Sarath Kumar has expressed his ire over the TV channels holding debates on "smoking scenes in movies." After the release of the first look of Thalapathy Vijay's SARKAR, PMK founder Anbumani Ramadoss slammed it as the lead actor Vijay posed smoking a cigarette. He said it promoted smoking and a similar stand was taken by the Tamil Nadu People's Forum for Tobacco Control. The Tamil TV channels picked this issue and starting holding debates on smoking scenes in movies and their impact. Read more...

On-screen smoking scenes declining

Li Yan | China Daily (25 Jun 2018)
Smoking scenes in Chinese movies and TV series have generally declined over the past decade, but not all producers are keen on extinguishing such on-screen depictions. Last year's figures were worse than in 2016, according to an anti-tobacco group. Read more...

MPAA Chairman defends rating guidance on smoking in movies

Ted Johnson | Variety (22 Jun 2018)
MPAA chairman Charles Rivkin defended the way that the voluntary movie ratings system informs parents about smoking in movies, as a group of senators called for the industry to take greater action to limit tobacco use on screen … He also pushed back on the idea of giving an R rating to just about any movie that depicts smoking. Read more...

Senators urge MPAA to assign R rating to movies with smoking

| Truth Initiative (14 Jun 2018)
The Motion Picture Association of America should act to reduce youth exposure to smoking in movies, including by issuing an R rating to movies that feature tobacco imagery, wrote seven U.S. senators in a letter to MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin. Read more...

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...