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2017

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...

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...

Health groups demand 'R' rating for movies that show smoking

HealthDay News | UPI (30 Aug 2017)
"By voluntarily implementing policies that require R ratings for smoking, the film industry can avert 1 million tobacco deaths among today's children, according to estimates from the CDC," the coalition of health groups said in the statement. Read more...

Raising the smoking age to 21 may seem arbitrary, but the science behind it is sound

Tracy Moore | DSC Original Content (9 Aug 2017)
But for teenagers, it may not be taxes, age restrictions or other anti-smoking measures that impact whether or not they smoke as much as one big thing: the movies. Teenagers who see smoking in films are two to three times more likely to start smoking, even when controlling for other factors, like whether your parents smoke, socioeconomics or attitudes. Which is why whether or not a teen sees smoking on the big screen is considered the “largest single stimulus” for teenagers to pick up smoking, proving true in a study of 17 different countries. Read more...

Smoking in movies is popular again and can harm children

Livia Holmblad | Addiction Now (4 Aug 2017)
“The argument we hear sometimes, that ‘this is a long tradition in Hollywood’ or that ‘they’re just reflecting reality,’ is bogus,” Glantz said. “Most of that smoking got put in there because it was paid for." Read more...

Smoking in movies under fire

Suthentira Govender | Sunday Times (S. Africa) (2 Aug 2017)
The study's findings are a concern for South Africa’s National Council Against Smoking‚ which lambasted movie houses for “taking a deadly product and associating it with glamour‚ thrills and independence”. Read more...

El peligro de que los niños vean a fumadores en pantalla

Perri Klass MD | The New York Times (31 Jul 2017)
"En todo el mundo se puede constatar consistentemente que hay dos o tres veces más riesgo en niños que están expuestos a ver una gran cantidad de fumadores en filmes." Read more...

Why are fashion's elite making deadly smoking 'cool' again?

| Yahoo! Style (27 Jul 2017)
If what these women wear, eat, and promote, sells, why would cigarette be any different? Three million likes is an easy answer to that question. Here’s the truth: 1,300 smokers die every single day. Isn’t it time for fashion to quit? Read more...

Love Island: Stars' on-screen smoking angers health charity

Jamie Doward and Harry Robertson | The Guardian (22 Jul 2017)
[Deborah] Armott [of UK's Action on Smoking and Health] told the Observer: “Love Island’s use of free cigarettes might have been designed to encourage smoking. We will be asking Ofcom to consider our complaint as matter of urgency.” Read more...

Should movies showing people smoking be rated R?

Samuel Smith | Christian Post (21 Jul 2017)
"Why is it that filmmakers are aware that showing smoking can have a negative influence on kids but showing foul language or showing all kinds of sexual content or showing horrific violence, apparently, that doesn't have any influence on children at all?" Gildemeister [of the Parents Television Council] asked. "They let a lot of the other things slide, things that I think most parents [consider] are more serious and more egregious than smoking." Read more...