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

  • Christopher Millett mail,

    c.millett@imperial.ac.uk

    Affiliations: Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom, South Asia Network for Chronic Disease, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India

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  • Jonathan R. Polansky,

    Affiliation: Onbeyond LLC, Fairfax, California, United States of America

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  • Stanton A. Glantz

    Affiliations: Division of Cardiology, University of California, San Francisco, California, United States of America, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Published: August 23, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001077

About the Authors

Christopher Millett
Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
Christopher Millett
South Asia Network for Chronic Disease, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India
Jonathan R. Polansky
Onbeyond LLC, Fairfax, California, United States of America
Stanton A. Glantz
Division of Cardiology, University of California, San Francisco, California, United States of America
Stanton A. Glantz
Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California, San Francisco, California, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: c.millett@imperial.ac.uk

Competing Interests

CM has no competing interests to declare. The authors do not consider these competing interests, but in the interest of full transparency declare the following: SAG holds two research grants related to tobacco from the National Cancer Institute, an endowed chair as American Legacy Distinguished Professor in Tobacco Control, and a grant from the University of California Tobacco Related Diseases Research Program. SAG also administers an endowment from the American Legacy Foundation, which supports the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education that SAG directs, and the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. He also has the William Cahan Endowment provided by the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute. SAG and JP run the Smoke Free Movies project (http://www.smokefreemovies.ucsf.edu), which advocates policies, including an adult content rating for films with smoking. None of the funding organizations played any role in the preparation of this paper or the decision to submit it for publication.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: CM JP SG. Analyzed the data: JP. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: CM JP SG. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: CM JP SG. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: CM JP SG. Agree with manuscript's results and conclusions: CM JP SG.