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2017

New York is throwing money at film shoots, but who benefits?

Neil Demause | The Village Voice (11 Oct 2017)
The state spends $600 million a year to subsidize film and TV productions, yet promised job and tax gains remain elusive. Read more...

UK peer accuses reality TV show of glamorising smoking

Press Association | Daily Mail (11 Oct 2017)
A clampdown has been urged at Westminster against smoking on the reality TV show Love Island amid concerns it is glamorising the habit to young viewers. Liberal Democrat peer Lord Storey said contestants on the ITV programme regularly smoked and pressed ministers over the message this sent to youngsters. Read more...

Investors demand action from Hollywood on smoking in youth-rated films

| As You Sow (3 Oct 2017)
Investors with $64 billion urge Hollywood studios to make youth-rated movies tobacco-free, as a new web-platform from As You Sow tracks investments in tobacco and entertainment companies that promote tobacco to kids. Read more...

India wants anti-tobacco spots on Netflix, Amazon Prime

Dhirandra Kumar | Millennium Post (3 Oct 2017)
India's Health Ministry has asked the Telecom Ministry to enforce running 30-second anti-tobacco messages before films and television programs with tobacco imagery, a policy followed by movie theaters and broadcasters but not by Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, and other streamers in India. Read more...

Trinity campaign urges Hollywood: 'R-rate' movies glamorizing cigarettes

Julie Minda | Catholic Health World (1 Oct 2017)
Making movies smoke-free could save about a million lives. That is a claim Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health makes in a public activism campaign it launched this year to end the portrayal of smoking in movies — and most especially in youth-rated films. Read more...

Dear Hollywood: Smoking deserves an 'R' rating

Nancy Brown | Huffington Post (20 Sep 2017)
Movies are entertainment, an escape from reality. The best films make us laugh and cry; we come away feeling more alive. Yet the facts show that movies can lead to real deaths, too. So to everyone in Hollywood involved in the ratings system, the choice is yours. Which side do you want to be on? Read more...

Should cigarettes be rated R?

Dr. Brian McDonough | CBS Radio (14 Sep 2017)
Study after study has shown the tobacco related imagery in movies can influence children to begin smoking. [Includes audio link] Read more...

American Cancer Society, public health groups call forR rating

| Healio (6 Sep 2017)
“Most smokers are enticed into nicotine addiction as children, and the American film industry must take assertive action now to ensure that our kids are not lured into using this uniquely lethal product by depictions of smoking in major motion pictures," said Gary Reedy, CEO of the American Cancer Society. Read more...

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...

US health groups demand 'R' rating for movies that depict smoking

| Xinhua (30 Aug 2017)
According to the U.S. CDC, exposure to on-screen smoking will recruit more than six million U.S. children to smoke, of whom two million will die prematurely from tobacco-induced cancer, heart disease, lung disease or stroke. Read more...