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2019

Dramatic Increase In smoking imagery In shows popular with young people

Truth Initiative | Yahoo Finance (3 Jul 2019)
The report is released as millions of teens prepare to watch the season three premiere of "Stranger Things," which, for the second year in a row, is the worst offender. The show had a 44% increase in smoking from season one (182) to season two (262) and in its first two seasons, tobacco was depicted in every episode. Read more...

Streaming shows have too many tobacco images, study finds

Bill Keveney | USA Today (2 Jul 2019)
“I’m hopeful a second year of our report showing a situation that's getting worse, not better, will have influence,” Truth Initiative President and CEO Robin Koval says. Koval wants to see programmers, "particularly those in streaming media," enact strong anti-tobacco policies. One existing example is a policy at Disney's film division, which forbids smoking scenes in films rated G, PG or PG-13, except in the case of historical figures or if the activity emphasizes the negative consequences. Read more...

Chinese films given Dirty Ashtray Award

Wang Xiaodong | China Daily (24 Jun 2019)
Xu Guihua, a senior adviser to the association and former deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said that, as in the past, no director or producer came to claim their awards on Friday. But she believes such publicity will remind the film and television industry to take responsibility and reduce tobacco footage in their works...The average number of tobacco-related scenes for a film last year was 12.3, a decline of nearly 50 percent compared with 2007, she said. Read more...

Farah Khan: 'Won't glorify smoking in my films'

IANS | Business Standard (31 May 2019)
As a filmmaker, I have pledged that from now onwards any actor will not smoke in my films. In my films, actors don't smoke usually, but in 'Om Shanti Om', the character played by Arjun Rampal smoked a cigarette...and we all know what happened with him in the end of the film...I have made a promise that I will never glorify smoking. Read more...

S. Korea adds tobacco warnings to films, TV

Kang Seung-woo | Korea Times (21 May 2019)
As part of efforts to curb smoking by young people, the ministry will ban tobacco producers from using cartoon characters in their ads, while mandating anti-smoking ads in the introduction of dramas and movies containing smoking scenes. Read more...

A need for nicotine: Teenage nicotine addiction

Lauren Nehorai and Kyra Hudson | The Chronicle (2 May 2019)
In a Chronicle poll of 248 respondents, 80 students said they have used nicotine during their high school careers … “Smoking in movies always looks glamorous, but that’s just not what smoking is like in real life,” Amy Kronenberg [Harvard-Westlake School] ’20 said. “[Smoking] is gross and hardly ever looks cool. Just knowing what [smoking] does to your lungs removes all of the glamour.” [The Chronicle is the online student newspaper of Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles — Ed.] Read more...

Health groups call on Disney to separate Vice Media and PMI

| Truth Initiative (25 Apr 2019)
A coalition of eight national and international health organizations today urged The Walt Disney Company (Disney) to require its partner network, Vice, to terminate its relationship with Philip Morris International, the world’s largest manufacturer and seller of cigarettes. Read more...

Markey for the kids

Alexandra S. Levine | Politico (22 Apr 2019)
Sen. Markey (D-Mass.), a longtime advocate for protections around children and technology, sent letters during the congressional recess to a dozen tech CEOs questioning them about promoting youth smoking … The letters, signed also by Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), raise concern about the prevalence of tobacco imagery in on-demand digital content popular with young audiences, “especially on streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu.” Read more...

Smoking scenes rampant in entertainment media

Kang Seung-woo | Korea Times (22 Apr 2019)
According to [Korea's] Ministry of Health and Welfare, 53.3 percent of dramas, 50.4 percent of films and 50 percent of webtoons depicted smoking … "Children and adolescents exposed to smoking scenes repeatedly are more likely to try smoking," a ministry official said. "We urge entertainment content creators and producers to refrain from showing smoking in content rated for minors." Read more...

Senators query media companies on smoking

| Senator Markey (17 Apr 2019)
“Both film and television continue to expose children and adolescents to tobacco content conclusively proven to cause physical harm to young viewers,” write the Senators in their letters. “Indeed, the recent survey of tobacco content in the streaming series most popular among young viewers suggests that smoking levels in TV-MA rated shows are comparable to R-rated films and the levels in the TV-14 shows are comparable to PG-13 films.” Read more...

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