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2018

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...

Smoking featured in half of hip-hop videos, study finds

| CNN (16 Oct 2018)
Knutzen and her co-authors suggest that their findings could present an opportunity for the music industry to self-regulate. However, they note that previous efforts to do so have failed, and measures like the Recording Industry Association of America's parental advisory labels could entice youth rather than deter them. Read more...

What if tomorrow Vijay smokes cigarette and falls ill: PMK leader Dr Anbumani Ramadoss

| The New Indian Express (4 Oct 2018)
Tamil Nadu MP (and former Indian health minister) Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss has yet again criticized actor Vijay for his movie posters carrying images of him smoking...The Health and Family Welfare Department had sent a legal intimation notice to the actor, director AR Murugadoss and producer Sun Pictures for violating the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003. Read more...

Keeping score at home? Tobacco wins.

Dan Moraine | CALmatters (23 Aug 2018)
The Motion Picture Association of America, which has resisted efforts to censor tobacco, spent $674,000 on lobbying in Sacramento since the start of 2017 and donated $144,000 to candidates...Tobacco giants Altria and R.J. Reynolds have spent $79.6 million on California campaigns since 2015, including $1.64 million to Republican Party groups and $113,000 to Assembly health committee members. Read more...

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...