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Trinity Health and other investors caution smokefree Disney on purchase of "tobacco-contaminated" Fox movies

Trinity Health | GlobalNewswire (25 Apr 2018)
Top executives of Philip Morris (later Altria) and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. (later Fox) served on each other’s boards of directors for twenty-five years, from 1989 to 2013. A 1985 memorandum from the tobacco company’s CEO, discovered in the course of lawsuits against the tobacco company, named Mr. Murdoch as a media proprietor “sympathetic with our position … an ally that we can and should exploit.” Read more...

There’s no smoking in Disney films. What about when it owns Fox?

Brooks Barnes | The New York Times (25 Apr 2018)
…[A]ntismoking advocates want Mr. Iger to extend [Disney's tobacco depictions] rule to all future youth-rated films (G, PG, PG-13) made by Fox and its Fox Searchlight specialty label, which are among the assets that Disney is buying from Rupert Murdoch for $54.2 billion. Among other things, activists want “graphic health warnings” added to youth-rated films in the Fox library that depict smoking — like “Avatar” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” — before selling them on DVD or via video-on-demand services. Read more...

Commons Committee warned that smoking on TV and in films is encouraging child take-up

ASH | Action on Smoking and Health (15 Apr 2018)
In a strongly worded submission to the Select Committee on Science and Technology ASH and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol studies warn that smoking on TV and in films encourages children to take up smoking. They point out that children in the UK are still exposed to significant amounts of smoking on screen and that it is the amount of smoking that is important, not whether it is glamourised or not. Read more...

UK's Love Island and other shows "encourage teenagers to smoke"

Robert Booth | The Guardian (15 Apr 2018)
The campaigners want the communications regulator, Ofcom, and the British Board of Film Classification to monitor youth exposure to depictions of tobacco use on screen, to discourage any depictions of tobacco use and require broadcasters or cinemas to run anti-smoking adverts during presentations that feature smoking. Read more...

Netflix under fire for on-screen smoking

Paul Fuhr | The Fix (21 Mar 2018)
Among TV shows popular with teens and young adults, Netflix had the most portrayals of tobacco use. Read more...

Why Netflix could be a bad influence on your kids

| New Zealand Herald (19 Mar 2018)
Regardless of why the characters are seen smoking, it's striking that many of the shows included in the study, such as Stranger Things and Fuller House, are aimed at children. We also know that the normalisation of tobacco use in movies does have a strong impact on a child's risk of future tobacco use," David Hill, chairman for the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Communications and Media told US News and World Report. Read more...

Streaming services such as Netflix have more sex, violence—and, it turns out, smoking

Travis M. Andrews | The Washington Post (19 Mar 2018)
The Truth Initiative — the nonprofit anti-tobacco organization — released a study that compared seven popular Netflix shows to seven popular broadcast shows. In this sample it found Netflix’s shows featured characters smoking almost three times as often as those produced by broadcast networks like NBC, ABC and CBS. Read more...

Netflix worst offender in showing smoking in TV shows, watchdog group says

Todd Spangler | Variety (16 Mar 2018)
Netflix shows contained 319 “tobacco incidents” — more than twice the number in broadcast and cable TV shows, which had 139, per the watchdog organization’s analysis of top series for the 2015-16 season. Read more...

Anti-smoking group says more cigarettes in streaming shows may lure younger viewers

Bill Keveney | USA Today (16 Mar 2018)
[Truth Initiative's Robin] Koval suggests smoking on TV shows could increase if streaming services continue to rapidly expand programming and don’t adopt policies discouraging smoking, like those in place at the broadcast networks. Read more...

New report from Truth Initiative® illustrates alarming rise of tobacco use in streaming content and pervasive smoking images on cable and broadcast TV

Truth Initiative | PR Newswire (16 Mar 2018)
Majority of programs popular with young audiences prominently depict smoking, with "Stranger Things" the worst offender. Read more...