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One third of young adults may be at risk … especially if they smoke

Mallory Moench | San Francisco Chronicle (13 Jul 2020)
Smoking was the most common risk factor for severe COVID-19 complications among otherwise largely healthy young people, the study found. Read more...

...Why the tobacco still?

Suraj Nair | Research Matters (30 Jun 2020)
Currently, government intervention in regulating digital content is still minimal. “There is a lack of a governing or certifying body or even a law to regulate the content shown in online platforms,” laments Dr Arora. Read more...

Ghana gov't pushes for movie warnings

| GhanaWeb (16 Jun 2020)
“Because we have banned tobacco advertisement, promotion and sponsorship, the tobacco industry may hide behind the movie industry, brand or social media influencers to indirectly advertise or promote their products. So we expect that anti-tobacco messages are run in movies that depict scenery of tobacco use to also inform or educate the viewers on the harmful effects of tobacco use,” [FDA official Olivia Agyekumwaa Boateng] added. Read more...

Hindi film industry exposed children to alcohol, tobacco, fast-food, says study

Neetu Chandra Sharma | Livemint (8 Jun 2020)
Hindi film industry (Bollywood), in the last two decades, has exposed audience including children to tobacco, alcohol and consumption of fast-food in its films, watching which is associated with initiation of their consumption, a research published in scientific journal PLOS One has stated. The research comes at a time when covid-19 pandemic has led to a surge in media consumption as people sit home and spend more time on their screens for entertainment and games. Read more...

Match lights ire

Sue Dunlevy | The Sunday Mail (Australia) (31 May 2020)
…And there are calls from Quit Victoria to give movies and TV shows depicting smoking higher classifications and include clear, upfront warnings. Read more...

Pakistan health ministry wants smokefree TV

| (18 Feb 2020)
Islamabad:The Directorate of Tobacco Control of the Ministry of National Health Services has directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to instruct all television channels to immediately cleanse their dramas and programmes of smoking scenes that lure young people towards tobacco use, and to instead consider telecasting public service messages against smoking, which kills 166,000 people in Pakistan each year. [Note: Pakistan, a party to WHO's binding global tobacco control treaty, joins China, India and others opposing youth exposure to tobacco promotion in commercial entertainment media.] Read more...

Tax breaks for movies get bad reviews

Scott Cohen | CNBC (31 Jan 2020)
[R]esearcher Robert Marich said in an interview with CNBC's "American Greed." "It … depends on the stomach of the voters to essentially subsidize an industry and lower taxes for a certain select industry, which means essentially raising taxes for everyone else." Read more...

What Disney bans from its movies

Meghan Jones | Reader's Digest (30 Jan 2020)
That popular "three things are banned" rumor certainly doesn't hold up for some of Disney's major franchise properties. Read more...


Netflix is ad free, but it isn't brand free

Tiffany Hsu | The New York Times (16 Dec 2019)
Tide Pod shout-outs onscreen. Flirtatious exchanges with companies on Twitter. Netflix may not run ads, but it has become a coveted marketing platform. [See Smokefree Movies' blog on cigarette brand display in Netflix' TV-14 "Stranger Things" fantasy series, at and our detailed September 2019 ad at — Editor] Read more...

From ‘Joker’s’ violence to ‘Little Women’s’ personal depths, directors share their visions

Mark Olsen Amy Kaufman | Los Angeles Times (9 Dec 2019)
After admitting to chain-smoking, ['Joker' director Todd] Phillips noted that his nicotine habit paled in comparison to that of [Joaquin] Phoenix, who “smokes more than Humphrey Bogart.” “I used to Juul, and I had to stop Juul-ing before I directed because I knew I wouldn’t stop,” interjected [director Greta] Gerwig, referring to the vape device. “I knew I’d be talking to an actor and Juul-ing the whole time.” Read more...