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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...

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...

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...