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2018

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...

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...

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...

On-screen smoking scenes declining

Li Yan | China Daily (25 Jun 2018)
Smoking scenes in Chinese movies and TV series have generally declined over the past decade, but not all producers are keen on extinguishing such on-screen depictions. Last year's figures were worse than in 2016, according to an anti-tobacco group. Read more...

MPAA Chairman defends rating guidance on smoking in movies

Ted Johnson | Variety (22 Jun 2018)
MPAA chairman Charles Rivkin defended the way that the voluntary movie ratings system informs parents about smoking in movies, as a group of senators called for the industry to take greater action to limit tobacco use on screen … He also pushed back on the idea of giving an R rating to just about any movie that depicts smoking. 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...

Advocates call on Disney to end smoking in future Fox films

Brookes Barnes | Toronto Star (27 Apr 2018)
Studios also face pressure overseas from the World Health Organization, which has called for governments to implement more aggressive regulation of movies that contain tobacco imagery. India, France and Britain are among the countries where action has been taken or is being discussed. Read more...

There’s no smoking in Disney films. What about when it owns Fox?

Brooks Barnes | The New York Times (25 Apr 2018)
…[A]ntismoking advocates want Mr. Iger to extend [Disney's tobacco depictions] rule to all future youth-rated films (G, PG, PG-13) made by Fox and its Fox Searchlight specialty label, which are among the assets that Disney is buying from Rupert Murdoch for $54.2 billion. Among other things, activists want “graphic health warnings” added to youth-rated films in the Fox library that depict smoking — like “Avatar” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” — before selling them on DVD or via video-on-demand services. Read more...

UK's Love Island and other shows "encourage teenagers to smoke"

Robert Booth | The Guardian (15 Apr 2018)
The campaigners want the communications regulator, Ofcom, and the British Board of Film Classification to monitor youth exposure to depictions of tobacco use on screen, to discourage any depictions of tobacco use and require broadcasters or cinemas to run anti-smoking adverts during presentations that feature smoking. Read more...