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2017

Dramatic spike in smoking scenes

Kirsty Fowler | NBC 7 San Diego (10 Jul 2017)
UCSF and its other research partners are hoping these findings will push for stricter ratings within the film industry. Read more...

Report shows incidents of smoking increase in youth-focused US films

| Xinhua (10 Jul 2017)
"Modernizing Hollywood's rating system to protect the audience by awarding movies with smoking an R rating would save a million kids' lives." Read more...

Why is smoking on screen popular again?

Patricia Garcia | Vogue (10 Jul 2017)
While freedom of artistic expression is important, limiting the marketing of smoking (a dangerous, expensive, and addictive habit) in teenage and young-adult movies seems like a cause that all studio heads and filmmakers should be able to rally behind. Read more...

Renewed trend in tobacco scenes disturbing

Nancy Brown | American Heart Association (7 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," said American Heart Association president Nancy Brown. Read more...

Tobacco use in youth-rated movies still a problem?

Truth Initiative | Truth Initiative Newsroom (6 Jul 2017)
The CDC determined that giving an R rating to movies with tobacco content would prevent 1 million tobacco deaths among children and teens alive today. Read more...

Smoking increases dramatically

Elizabeth Fernandez | UCSF (6 Jul 2017)
Progress stalled six years ago, new study finds. Read more...

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...