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More evidence on why the FDA must ban menthol and an additive and not just menthol "cigarettes"

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.
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TPSAC gave the FDA what it needs to ban menthol

The FDA Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee released its long-awaited menthol report yesterday, March 19, 2011.  The overall conclusions and recommendations in the report are on page 208 of the PDF.  There are two major scientific findings, repeated below (broken out into individual statements, but direct quotes, and one recommendation: "Removal of menthol cigarettes from the marketplace would benefit public health in the United States." Read more »

Philip Morris still ignoring their own research showing that dual use of smokeless and cigs no safer than cigs alone

Ever since Philip Morris (and other multinational tobacco companies) have gone into the smokeless business, particularly with snus co-branded with cigarettes they have been trying to make claims that promoting smokeless is a good harm reduction strategy.  They have even petitioned the FDA to allow them to make explicit health claims in their marketing.   Read more »

New PG rated cartoon Rango sets a record for smoking

The youth-rated (PG) film Rango is the smokiest in years, a fact that is attracting a lot of attention.

Here is a chronology of recent events:

• January 19, 2011 | the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) announced it had rated a forthcoming Paramount animated feature film, Rango, "PG for rude humor, language, action and smoking."  Read more »

The King's Speech re-rated "PG-13 for language"

Today's MPAA ratings bulletin announces that Weinstein's The King's Speech has been re-rated from "R" to "PG-13 for language." The bulletin notes: "Edited version. Content is different from 'R' rated version...9/15/10."

Re-rating may get Weinstein a sales boost on the DVD release, but an MPAA waiver also allows the re-rated film to be released to theaters to reap post-Oscars® publicity. News: Read more »

New SFM ad: How many studio execs did it take to ok smoking in a PG movie?

Today Smokefree Movies ran a full page ad in Variety and Hollywood Reporter highlighting the fact that the new Paramount animated movie Rango, which will hit the theaters next week, on March 4, featured smoking.  Given that the movie is a cartoon, the producers can's use the excuse that the actor insisted on smoking!  Any smoking -- even in cartoons -- contributes to youth smoking.

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Why "The King's Speech" would NOT be Rated "R" for Smoking ...

The well regarded film, "The King's Speech" is filled with smoking.  The MPAA rated it "R" for language because of one scene where the "f-word" wasrepeated several times as part of a speech therapy session, somethingthat I think was silly.  Despite all the smoking, we would not haverated the film "R" for two reasons: (1) King George actually smoked (anddied of lung cancer) and smoking's negative consequences are clearlypresented (effects on the voicebox).
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SmokeFreeMovies ad highlights taxpayer subsidies of movies that promote smoking

 At a time that states are facing unprecedented deficits and making large cuts to education and other programming, they continue to spend billions of dollars subsidizing movies that promote smoking.  We ran an advertisement in the January issue of State Legislatures magazine making this point.

Arizona tobacco control program cut healthcare costs

Jim Lightwood and I just published a new paper in Social Science and Medicine showing that, like the California program, the Arizona progr Read more »

Smokefree Movies ad: California taxpayers subsidize Burlesque to promote smoking

On January 1, California will start handing out tax credits for Hollywood film productions. Burlesque will be one of the first in line, set to receive $7,225,306 according to the state’s film commission. The problem from a public health standpoint? Burlesque is a PG-13 film with smoking by two major characters (Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell). Read more »

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