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MPAA, studios, and theaters argue that First Amendment protects their right to shout “Smoke!” in a crowded theater

That’s what Hollywood's attorneys are apparently asking a judge to decide. It’s the film industry’s first official response to the national class-action lawsuit filed against the MPAA and its member companies in March.
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This summer's 'Ab Fab' movie features a cigarette brand

Fox's new promotional trailer for 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,' hitting theaters in July 2016, shows London fashionista Patsy lighting up a Rothmans cigarette — while coyly covering up the UK health warning on the front of the box.
 
'Absolutely Fabulous' revives a cringe-inducing British TV comedy series (1992-2012) starring Jennifer Saunders as Edina Monsoon and Joanna Lumley as Patsy Stone.
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Important new study shows immediate effects of e-cigs on the cardiovascular system as big as smoking a cigarette

While e-cigarettes deliver lower levels of carcinogens than conventional cigarettes, they deliver the same, or a more dangerous, amount of ultrafine particles than conventional cigarettes.   Ultrafine particles trigger inflammatory processes that lead to heart and lung disease and can trigger heart attacks.  E-cigarette optimists have discounted possible effects of the ultrafine particles  in e-cigarettes, arguing that the literature linking particles to heart disease and heart attacks is based on research on air pollution and active and passive smoking, all of which inv Read more »

Will the new ‘Cruella' — Emma Stone — smoke in Disney’s Dalmatians reboot?

Disney has announced that Emma Stone will star as a young Cruella de Vil, confirming leaks first reported by The Hollywood Reporter in January. 
 
In 'Cruella', Stone will recap the early years of the puppy-napping fashionista with two-tone hair, a sleek Bugatti and the longest cigarette holder in Mayfair.
 
The character debuted in the animated '101 Dalmatians' (1961) and was revived in live-action by Glenn Close in 1996.
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Indies have tripled their share of kid-rated films with smoking

The latest data on the film industry and tobacco finds that so-called independent film companies have more than tripled their share of youth-rated films with smoking: from 12 percent in 2005 to 39 percent in 2015.
 
As the chart below shows, the major studios, who own and are represented by the MPAA, reduced their kid-rated movies with smoking by 64 percent between 2005 and 2010, after which time the number of smoking films has stayed about constant. 
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E-cigarette use continued to grow among youth in 2015; cigarette smoking stopped dropping

On April 15, 2016 the CDC published "Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students -- United States, 2011-2015" in MMWR.
 
The data (see graph for high school students) show continued growth in e-cigarette use with no drop in cigarette smoking.  The data for middle school students show continued growth in e-cigarettes with a small decline in cigarettes. Read more »

FDA should regulate the manufacturing and marketing of hookah tobacco to prevent misperceptions of harm and widespread use

My colleagues at UCSF and I have submitted the following public comment to the FDA.  The regulations.gov tracking number is 1k0-8p6f-vtz.
 
FDA should regulate the manufacturing and marketing of hookah tobacco to prevent misperceptions of harm and widespread use among youth and young adults
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In Ontario Canada, support grows for smokefree movies and adult film rating (18A)

In results released 1 April 2016, Canadian tobacco control groups found 79 percent of Ontario adults wanted to end smoking in movies rated 14A or lower (similar to US PG-13 and lower in the US). Seventy-seven percent opposed the display of tobacco brand logos in films. Two out of three adults backed an 18A rating for future films with tobacco.
 
Support for smokefree movie initiatives has grown since 2011, when the Paris-based public opinion pollster Ipsos last surveyed Ontario adults on the same questions (see chart). Read more »

CalPERS needs to carefully consider possible conflicts of interest for consultant advising it get back into tobacco

I just arrived back from vacation to hear that, based on the advice on the investment consulting firm Wilshire Associates, the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) was considering reversing its longstanding policy of not investing in tobacco stocks.
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Center for Public Integrity publishes well-done story on aggressive lobbying by big tobacco to protect e-cigarettes

Nicholaw Kusnetz at the Center for Public Integrity just published an excellent in-depth story, How Big Tobacco lobbies to safeguard e-cigarettes, about the massive lobbying effort that the big cigarette companies are mounting to protect e-cigarettes.  While national in scope, there is strong coverage in California, including how the industry uses large strategic campaign contributions to the Asse Read more »

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