Simon Chapman, professor of public health at the University of Sydney, writes:

There is an international push in tobacco control circles for regulation of the film industry in response to growing evidence on the association of smoking scenes in movies with teenage smoking uptake.

Thailand now pixilates smoking and there has been big momentum in both India and the USA to ban all scenes (India) and R rate all smoking (USA). In the USA, a large number of powerful NGOs have signed on to R-rating.

I’ve just published an article in Tobacco Control that is critical of all these proposals.

I am anticipating being attacked by many in the international tobacco control field, despite being very prominent in it myself over the past 30 years. Anyone who might like to comment on this paper can do so here.

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