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2017

Smoking on the rise in movies aimed at young: Study

Robert Preidt | US News & World Report (6 Jul 2017)
Nancy Brown, head of the American Heart Association (AHA), called the findings a "troublesome plot twist." Read more...

Number of smoking images increased dramatically in PG-13 films, study finds

Gillian Brassil | San Jose Mercury News (6 Jul 2017)
The report suggests that public subsidies should not go to support ... movies that portray smoking. Read more...

Study: Smoking skyrockets in movies aimed at young people

| HealthDay (6 Jul 2017)
"Easier access, coupled with a growing number of tobacco images in film, means more and more young people will be put at risk of a lifetime addiction, disease and possibly an early death," [American Heart Association president Nancy Brown] said in a news release. Read more...

CDC: 1 in 4 youth-rated movies show smoking

Melissa Jenco | AAP News (6 Jul 2017)
“Unless the film industry acts to keep smoking out of youth-rated movies, millions more will be influenced to smoke, resulting in tobacco-induced cancers, heart and lung disease, or stroke,” said American Academy of Pediatrics President Fernando Stein, M.D., FAAP. Read more...

What actors are really smoking in your favorite movies and TV shows

Nathalie Basha | Circa (19 May 2017)
I bet you've been watching your favorite TV show, and at some point thought to yourself...."Wow. They smoke a lot on this show. How...unhealthy." But really, those probably aren't real cigarettes. Read more...

Popcorn and cigarettes?

Lisa Esposito | US News (31 Mar 2017)
While Hollywood has reduced smoking in films aimed at younger audiences, parents can't be certain kids won't be exposed to onscreen cigarette or cigar puffing, even with PG-rated or animated movies. Read more...

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...

The glitz, the glam and the cigarettes

| Ontario Lung Association (23 Feb 2017)
The Oscars remind us that kids and teens in Ontario have a much higher exposure to onscreen tobacco imagery than those in the United States, due to different rating systems. This year, out of 15 Oscar nominations in major categories that show smoking, only two of them have an 18A rating in Ontario, while eight are rated R in the US. Read more...

Vancouver (BC) students tweak smoking movies on Twitter

Yuliya Talmazan | Global News (23 Feb 2017)
Just a few days before the 89th Academy Awards are handed out in Los Angeles, a group of students at David Thompson Secondary in Vancouver is calling out films and directors that, they say, are glamourizing smoking to young people. Read more...

Films, TV soft target for anti-tobacco drive

Special correspondent | The Hindu (10 Feb 2017)
The Indian film and television industry has come out strongly against a WHO-sponsored study criticizing implementation of anti-tobacco messages on films and shows with smoking. Read more...