Stanton Glantz, PhD's blog

National class-action lawsuit filed against Hollywood for negligently rating movies with smoking PG and PG-13

Ever since we launched the Smoke Free Movies campaign in March 2001, I have been wondering when there would be a lawsuit against the MPAA and the major studios it represents for continuing to allow smoking in movies it rates as suitable for youth.
 
On February 25, 2016 the inevitable happened. 
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Movies with smoking are to lung cancer what mosquitos are to the zika virus

New Smoke Free Movies ad running in Variety this week publicizes the new WHO report Smoke Free Movies: From Evidence to Action (available in English and Spanish).

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s Vague Response to UCSF Public Health Analysis of Marijuana Legalization Initiatives

The Sacramento Bee posted a video of its February 11, 2016 meeting with Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom on his support for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act marijuana legalization initiative.
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New paper shows that Atty Gen efforts to get smoking out of movies worked, but there is more to do

Matthis Morgenstern  and colleagues just published “Did limits on payments for tobacco placements in US movies affect how movies are made?” in Tobacco Control.  They answered the question “yes.”
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Hillary and Bernie should pledge to run as a ticket now

While Hillary and Bernie are working hard to distinguish themselves from each other – and there are legitimate differences – the reality is that they agree way more than they disagree, especially when comparing their positions to the Republican candidates.
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Letter to VP Joe Biden: Ending tobacco use would be the fastest cheapest way to reduce cancer

When President Obama announced his new "War on Cancer" I decided it would be worth a blog post commenting on how the fastest, most cost-effective way to reduce cancer would be to reduce smoking.
 
After all, we know how to do it.  All it takes is political will.
 
Before I had a chance to draft such a post Allan Erickson, who led tobacco control efforts at the American Cancer Society until he retired, sent me this letter, which makes all the points I would have made.
 
It is worth a read.
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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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