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2018

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...

Alberta gov't gets another unhealthy report card on tobacco reduction

| Smoke-Free Alberta (18 Jan 2018)
The [provincial] government received an “F” for failing to protect Alberta youth from the depiction of smoking in youth-rated movies and a “D” for not implementing and enforcing approved legislation to prohibit tobacco sales to minors. [Full report at http://bit.ly/2FYcwdx] 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...

Can movie ratings really stop teens from smoking?

Dorri Olds | The Fix (12 Jan 2018)
“Tobacco companies used to pay studios, directors [and] actors for product placement on the screen,” said [Erika] Sward [of the American Lung Association]. “We know that was one of the ways that the tobacco industry directly marketed their products, many of which were aimed at young people. That was prior to the Master Settlement Agreement with the tobacco companies in 1998, but we still do see a great deal of tobacco use in the movies and on screen. It was way back in 1964 [that] the Surgeon General concluded that smoking causes lung cancer.” 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...

New York is throwing money at film shoots, but who benefits?

Neil Demause | The Village Voice (11 Oct 2017)
The state spends $600 million a year to subsidize film and TV productions, yet promised job and tax gains remain elusive. Read more...

UK peer accuses reality TV show of glamorising smoking

Press Association | Daily Mail (11 Oct 2017)
A clampdown has been urged at Westminster against smoking on the reality TV show Love Island amid concerns it is glamorising the habit to young viewers. Liberal Democrat peer Lord Storey said contestants on the ITV programme regularly smoked and pressed ministers over the message this sent to youngsters. Read more...