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2018

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...

Sen. Markey leads call to minimize depictions of smoking in kid-rated movies

Giselle Barry | US Senate (4 Jun 2018)
“Although the evidence connecting smoking imagery to youth smoking initiation is strong, MPAA has yet to take meaningful action to discourage tobacco imagery in films or effectively warn viewers and parents of tobacco’s presence in a movie,” write the Senators in their letter to MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin. “Our nation’s dramatic decline in youth tobacco use is a tremendous achievement, but on-screen depictions remain a threat to this progress and threaten to re-normalize tobacco use in our society. We cannot afford to lose any ground in this area.” Read more...

Durbin leads call to reduce smoking in movies geared toward children & teens

| US Senate (4 Jun 2018)
The U.S. Surgeon General has definitively concluded that exposure to smoking in movies leads to youth initiation, but enactment of certain public health policies could reduce youth smoking rates by nearly 20% and prevent one million deaths. Read more...

Hollywood silent on request to give R rating to movies with smoking

| AHA News (1 Jun 2018)
The silent film era ended nearly a century ago, but Hollywood is still mute when it comes to demands to change its rating system to award an R rating to most movies that feature tobacco. Read more...

Top 5 reasons why people smoke, according to a psychiatrist

MD Era Dutta | Latestly.com (India) (30 May 2018)
A young patient of mine once said to me, “If famous actors can chain smoke every day and be successful, live so long and also be physically fit, then why can’t my parents let me smoke once a week with friends?” The psychology that a role model is doing something wrong, hence it’s okay for us to do it too, exists amongst many. Read more...

A report says shows on streaming services depict lots of smoking, but what can be done?

Alia Stearns | Uproxx (25 May 2018)
Obviously, the industry is aware of the problem, so what’s left but for them to do something about it? Read more...

Deadpool 2 is tedious and predictable

David Edelstein | Vulture (15 May 2018)
...Deadpool, a 20th Century Fox release, opens with Reynolds exhaling a cloud of cigarette smoke into the camera, probably meant to tweak his superhero cousins at Disney, which doesn’t permit smoking in its movies. Disney, of course, is on the brink of acquiring Fox’s entertainment division, which will make it even more of a franchise-oriented juggernaut than it already is. Although that’s an alarming prospect, I’m all for purging cigarettes from movies and TV, which statistics show have an undue influence in getting kids to start smoking. Read more...

Anybody got a match?

Jonathan McNicol | WNPR (10 May 2018)
Cigarettes have been such an integral part of movies for so long that one big concern in the lead up to Disney and Fox's planned merger is — seriously — all the smoking in Fox movies. This hour: a look at the cultural history of smoking. Participants include film critic David Edelstein. [Includes 49:30 audio] Read more...

Hollywood and Big Tobacco

Stanton Glantz | San Francisco Chronicle (1 May 2018)
Fox was the studio closest to Big Tobacco...Last year, Fox Searchlight Pictures released a biopic of Billie Jean King, who served on Philip Morris’ board for five years. Philip Morris used women’s tennis to push Virginia Slims to young women. Read more...