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2018

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...

Netflix under fire for on-screen smoking

Paul Fuhr | The Fix (21 Mar 2018)
Among TV shows popular with teens and young adults, Netflix had the most portrayals of tobacco use. Read more...

Streaming services such as Netflix have more sex, violence—and, it turns out, smoking

Travis M. Andrews | The Washington Post (19 Mar 2018)
The Truth Initiative — the nonprofit anti-tobacco organization — released a study that compared seven popular Netflix shows to seven popular broadcast shows. In this sample it found Netflix’s shows featured characters smoking almost three times as often as those produced by broadcast networks like NBC, ABC and CBS. Read more...

Why Netflix could be a bad influence on your kids

| New Zealand Herald (19 Mar 2018)
Regardless of why the characters are seen smoking, it's striking that many of the shows included in the study, such as Stranger Things and Fuller House, are aimed at children. We also know that the normalisation of tobacco use in movies does have a strong impact on a child's risk of future tobacco use," David Hill, chairman for the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Communications and Media told US News and World Report. Read more...

Anti-smoking group says more cigarettes in streaming shows may lure younger viewers

Bill Keveney | USA Today (16 Mar 2018)
[Truth Initiative's Robin] Koval suggests smoking on TV shows could increase if streaming services continue to rapidly expand programming and don’t adopt policies discouraging smoking, like those in place at the broadcast networks. Read more...

Fund companies targeted for role in Hollywood tobacco

Tony Chapelle | Financial Times (12 Jan 2018)
An advocacy group that uses proxy resolutions to spur consumer-electronics chains and oil producers to change practices is turning its attention to mutual fund companies that invest in tobacco — and Hollywood. [News article is subscription only] Read more...

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...