Tobacco Center Faculty Blog

August 27, 2011

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

Government Inaction on Ratings and Government Subsidies to the US Film Industry Help Promote Youth Smoking

by Chris Millett, Jonothan Polansky, Stanton Glantz was published earlier this week in PLoS Medicine at

Here is the editors’ summary:

August 27, 2011

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

See the ad at

Smoke Free Movies has launched a series of print advertisements in Variety and other publications. This advertisement first ran in the August 23, 2011 edition of Variety and September 2, 2011 edition of The Hollywood Reporter.

If smoking is essential to your film, stand up and take the R-rating.

Producers of comic book movies seem to think flying saucers and cigarettes go together. Other producers appear to be convinced that any melodrama set before 2005 is a solemn opportunity to show people chain smoking.

Do you believe either one of these things? Then stand up for what you believe. Take the R-rating.

April 18, 2011

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

I have been a skeptic about the value of minimum purchase laws as strategy for reducing youth smoking, but a study we just published from England showed that increasing the minimum purchase age from 16 to 18 was associated with a drop in smoking among 11-15 year olds, even after taking into account the existing downward trend.  The effects were similar across socio-economic groups. We did not have the data to evaluate whether these effects persisted as kids got older (i.e., Did the law prevent initiation or just delay it?).  It will take a few years to answer that question because we have to wait for the kids to get older. In any event, raising the minimum age to 18 was a good thing.

March 23, 2011

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

Pascal Diethelm recently circulated a great example of how BAT is pushing menthol to young people in Switzerland using "flavor capsule" technology.  Halfway through puffing on a Kent cigarette, the smoker can break with his/her teeth a capsule of menthol located in the filter and the cigarette will deliver the menthol flavor.  It would only be a small step from this to suggest using a menthol snus or orb with your cigs if menthol was banned from the cigs per se. See the ads at Kent Add 20Minutes 21 Feb 2011 Full page  and Kent Add 20Minutes 21 Feb 2011 Ad only. Accomplishing this aim will require strong and unambiguous pressure on the FDA by a unified health community.