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2017

French Senator, Health Minister seek to snub out smoking in movies

Nancy Tartaglione | Deadline (22 Nov 2017)
It’s early days for this latest salvo in France’s bid to reduce the nation’s nicotine intake, and it’s unclear if there would be a move to factor smoking into the ratings system. While many agree that system is in need of an overhaul after several certifications have been challenged in recent years — mostly owing to sex and violence — one industry executive tells me of a hard crackdown on smoking: “If it’s a battle they start, I don’t believe it’s going to work. Society’s mood is going to be, ‘What? No way.’ It would be ridiculed.” Read more...

French cinephiles left fuming over call to stub out on-screen smoking

Kim Willsher | The Guardian (UK) (20 Nov 2017)
The debate was ignited after the Socialist senator Nadine Grelet-Certenais accused France’s film-makers of continuing to advertise for the tobacco industry. “Seventy per cent of new French films have at least one scene of someone smoking. This more or less helps to make its use banal, even promote it, to children and adolescents,” Grelet-Certenais told the Sénat, the upper house of parliament. Read more...

French health minister considers banning smoking from films

Rory Mulholland | The Telegraph (19 Nov 2017)
Health Minister Agnés Buzyn said she would be contacting the French culture minister - whose remit includes the country’s film industry - to discuss the issue and that so-far unspecified “measures” would be taken to make French directors and screenwriters kick their tobacco habit. Read more...

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...