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Thanks to ALA Oscars will be smokefree (including e-cigs)

Guild awards ceremony, the American Lung Association publicly criticized him, which was reported by the celebrity website TMZ, the Dolby Theater where the Oscars are held announced that their ceremony would be smokefree, including e-cigarettes.  (Full story Read more »

MPAA gives new Coen Bros. film Hail Cesar! a "smoking" label then rates it for kids (PG-13)

The MPAA just announced that Hail, Caesar! — the new Coen Bros. film opening nationally on Friday 5 February 2016 — has been rated “PG-13 for some suggestive content and smoking."
 
The film is distributed by Universal Pictures (Comcast).
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Legalized Marijuana in California Could Hurt Public Health, Analysis Says

We just released a new report that evaluates the retail marijuana legalization proposals in California from a public health standard.  While the specific initiatives are in California, the issues apply everywhere.  Here is the UCSF press release on the report.  The full report is available here.
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WHO details reccomendation: Films showing smoking scenes should be given adult ratings (R in the USA) to protect children

On 1 February, 2016 the World Health Organization released the following statement.
Films showing smoking scenes should be rated to protect children from tobacco addiction
 
The World Health Organization is calling on governments to rate movies that portray tobacco use in a bid to prevent children and adolescents from starting to smoke cigarettes and use other forms of tobacco.
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How Costa Rica implemented the FCTC by overcoming decades of industry dominance

Eric Crosbie, Patricia Sosa, and I just published “Costa Rica’s implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: Overcoming decades of industry dominance” in Salud Publica Mexico.
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Fourth longitudinal study shows that youth who use e-cigs are 3 times more likely to go on to cigarettes

James Wills and colleagues just published a very strong longitudinal study of the relationship between e-cigarette use among high school students who had never smoked a cigarette and their smoking status a year later. 
 
They found that nonsmoking youth who used e-cigarettes were about 3 times more likely to be smoking conventional cigarettes than youth who did not use e-cigarettes.
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CDC Tips from Former Smokers Campaign highlights dangers of dual use with ecigs ... and that ecigs failed for quitting

The new CDC Tips campaign that just launched features a story from Kristy.  A woman who tried to quit with ecigs and remained a dual user.
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Smoking in 2015 Oscar® nominated films moving to minor characters

• Of the twenty English-language, live-action, non-documentary films nominated in any Oscar category this year, thirteen (65%) included smoking: half of those rated PG-13 and 71 percent of those rated R.
 
• While 65 percent of Oscar-nominated films include smoking, only 35 percent of the nominated actors smoked.
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New Smoke Free Movies ad: Half-way won't hack it

This ad, commenting on the fact that smoking in movies is back down to historic lows, is running in Variety and Hollywood Reporter this week.
 
It also makes the point that smoking is shifting to the Independents, which is another reason that individual studio policies are not enough and that we need the R rating.
 

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