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MPAA, studios, theaters will file response to lawsuit alleging ratings system is fraudulent on Sept 15, hearing likely Oct 27

The MPAA, studios, NATO, and the plaintiffs in the national class action lawuit alleging that their rating system defrauds parents have agreed that the defndants' response to the plaintiff's June filing will be due on September 15, 2016 and proposed to the judge that the hearing on the Motion to Dismiss and SLAPP Motion will be held on October 27.
The judge will have to approve this schedule, but such approvals when both sides agree are usual.
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FCTC followed by accelerated implementation of tobacco advertising bans, but effect is fading

Heikki Hiilamo and I just published “FCTC followed by accelerated implementation of tobacco advertising bans” in Tobacco Control.  This paper shows a statistically demonstrable positive effect on implementation of national advertising bans but, as with similar positive effects on smokefree laws and Read more »

States spend more on movies that push smoking than on programs to prevent it

The fourteen states hand out the most lavish subsidies to Hollywood film producers together spent $1.48 billion on movies proven to recruit kids to smoke from 2010 to 2016 — $150 million more than they invested over the same period to reduce smoking.

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One Minute of Second-Hand Marijuana Smoke Impairs Cardiovascular Function: Effects Like Tobacco’s, But Last Three Times Longer

Matt Springer and our colleagues at UCSF just published "One Minute of Marijuana Secondhand Smoke Exposure Substantially Impairs Vascular Endothelial Function" in Journal of the American Heart Association.  Here is the press release UCSF sent out about the paper, which provides a good summary:
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More evidence that e-cigarettes pollute the air and expose bystanders

Jan Czogala and colleagues just published “Secondhand exposure to vapors from electronic cigarettes” in Nicotine and Tobacco Research in which they measured the air pollution produced by e-cigarettes using both smoking machines and, more important, actual use by people in the same room.
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Delegates at 107th NAACP national convention adopt resolution supporting local and state efforts to regulate menthol cigarettes

This is a very important development, given all the money that Big Tobacco has thrown at African American leadership and media over the years.
I am particularly proud of the role that UCSF's Valerie Yerger (right) and Carol McGruder (left) have played in this effort.
Once less excuse that the Obama Administration has for blocking FDA action on menthol, too.
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Hollywood Secret No. 1: Latest Smokefreemovies ad exposes history of smoking on screen

Our latest Smoke Free Movies, which runs in Variety and Hollywood Reporter this week, ad traces the relationship between Big Tobacco and Hollywood since the 1920's.  Check out the ad and the details of the history at

Comments on the e-cig model published by Levy et al: Results heavily depend on assuming very low risk

One of the things that make the discussion of e-cigarettes complicated is that no one knows precisely how the market will develop, how the advent of e-cigarettes will interact with cigarette use, and how dangerous e-cigarettes turn out to be.
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Plaintiffs submit response to MPAA, studios, and NATO's Motion to Dismiss class action lawsuit over fraudulent ratings

Today the plaintiffs responded to the motion to dismiss in the national class lawsuit filed against the MPAA, the studios that control it, and the National Association of Theater Owners for fraud on the grounds that they certify films with smoking as "appropriate for children" despite knowing that smoking in movies causes kids to smoke. 
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