News | Video/radio

2018

Anybody got a match?

Jonathan McNicol | WNPR (10 May 2018)
Cigarettes have been such an integral part of movies for so long that one big concern in the lead up to Disney and Fox's planned merger is — seriously — all the smoking in Fox movies. This hour: a look at the cultural history of smoking. Participants include film critic David Edelstein. [Includes 49:30 audio] Read more...

Smoking in movies encourages youth to take up the habit, Peterborough (Canada) public health officials say

Jesse Thomas | Global News (15 Mar 2018)
“We know that there is a direct correlation between youths seeing (smoking) in films and also them beginning to be tobacco consumers or even just trying it,” said Peterborough Public Health peer leader and presenter Meagan Lacombe. “It’s also a concern because films are the last place that tobacco companies can advertise to youth.” [VIDEO] Read more...

Vancouver students call out movies promoting smoking in #NotSmokingHot campaign

Yuliya Talmazan | Global News (23 Feb 2018)
As the world gets ready for this Sunday’s Academy Awards, some Vancouver students are playing the role of movie critic. [Vancouver students] have kept a close eye on acting and cinematography and spotted something they don't like. Linda Aylesworth tells us what they're doing about it. [VIDEO] Read more...

2017

Should movies with smoking get an 'R' rating?

Rebecca Plevin | KPCC (So. California) (30 Aug 2017)
"Since the industry's progress halted, major studios and independent producer-distributors have released 210 top-grossing, youth-rated U.S. films featuring more than 6,000 tobacco incidents, delivering 60.5 billion tobacco impressions to audiences in U.S. theaters alone," the letter says. Read more...

Rated R for smoking would prevent teens from lighting up: CDC

Ben Russell | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (23 Jul 2017)
Rated R for smoking would become a reality if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gets its way. [Includes local interviews in 02:45 video report] Read more...

Smoking in the movies

Jonathan Savage | BBC World Service (13 Jul 2017)
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Ontario groups urge 18A film ratings forsmoking

Paul Bliss | CTV Toronto (25 Feb 2017)
Video clip: The day before the 2017 Oscars, CTV Toronto interviews Ontario Coalition for Smokefree Movies' Chris Yacatto and Tracy McCharles, Ontario's Minister of Consumer Services, whose agency overseas the film ratings. Read more...

2016

MPAA argues ban on smoking in movies defies First Amendment

Scott Simon | NPR (23 Jul 2016)
Should a child going to a G-rated movie be exposed to characters smoking on screen? The MPAA is defending itself from a lawsuit about that. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with film historian David Thomson. Read more...

Hollywood not honoring anti-smoking pledge: Lawsuit

Jenna Susko and Amy Corral | NBC 4 Los Angeles (4 Apr 2016)
A nearly 60-page complaint filed by Timothy Forsyth accuses the film industry of ignoring scientific evidence linking big screen smoking to adolescent habits. Read more...

2015

How smoking in movies drives kids to become smokers

MD Samir Gupta | Globalnews.ca (16 Sep 2015)
We now know that protecting kids from the influence of smoking in movies today is a key to preventing them from becoming smokers tomorrow. Read more...