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2015

To save 30,000 lives, restrict movies with smoking to those 18 or older, public health researchers say

Nicole Bodnar | Univ. of Toronto News (8 Sep 2015)
An Ontario 18A rating for all movies with smoking would avert more than 30,000 tobacco-related deaths and save more than half a billion dollars in healthcare costs, University of Toronto public health researchers say. Read more...

Disney bans smoking in youth-rated films

Shamontiel Vaughn | Orlando Sun Times (16 Jul 2015)
While the rule holds strong for films that Disney produces, the same rules do not apply to films that the company distributes. Read more...

Time Warner seeks shareholders vote on tobacco depictions in movies

Indiantelevision.com Team | Indiantelevision.com (20 Jun 2015)
'Tobacco in youth-rated movies is an unnecessary liability. This crisis in an opportunity for the company to demonstrate its leadership and its commitment to health.' Read more...

India cancer center wants PM to ban smoking in movies

| The Hindu (21 May 2015)
Responding to Bollywood's objections to health warnings, an anti-cancer leader proposes an outright ban on smoking scenes in movies. Read more...

With smoking declining on screen, experts turn attention to alcohol

Chandra Johnson | Deseret News (Utah) (19 May 2015)
It has taken medical professionals longer to talk about the influence of alcohol in the movies partially because there’s much less research behind it than smoking depictions. Read more...

Anti-tobacco activists target film poster

TNN | The Times of India (22 Apr 2015)
Citing another film poster showing the hero smoking, a Chennai activist reports: "Officials send notices to the filmmakers, but there's no further action after that." Read more...

Healthcare workers shocked over removal of health warnings in films

Staff | The Hindu (13 Apr 2015)
A Delhi healthcare workers group in India objects to a cabinet plan to strip health warnings off cinema scenes of smoking. Read more...

'Kollywood' anti-tobacco coalition thrashes film industry's proposal

Narendra Ch | MeriNews (10 Apr 2015)
Tamil Nadu group warns that removing the anti-tobacco scrolls from South Indian films will increase the numbers smoking. Read more...

Anti-tobacco activists slam Centre’s plan to stop no-smoking scroll in films

TNN | The Times of India (10 Apr 2015)
'Removal...will be a big setback to our tobacco control efforts,' said one. Read more...

Clearing the air: Disney to ban smoking in all future movies

Ben Child | The Guardian (13 Mar 2015)
Cigarettes to be excluded from forthcoming films, including Marvel and Star Wars properties, CEO Bob Iger tells shareholders. Disney has banned smoking in all of its forthcoming movies, unless characters being depicted were historically known for lighting up. Read more...