Other Resources

There are several organizations that are dedicated to the issue of youth smoking  and the depiction of smoking in film and television projects.

    Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME): Free of corporate media funding, ACME is a strategic network linking media educators, health advocates, media reformers, independent media makers, community organizers and others.
    American Legacy Foundation: This national organization is dedicated to building a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. Work to reduce tobacco use among young people includes a major national tobacco youth prevention and education effort known as the Truth® campaign.
    AMA Alliance: Dedicated to promoting and supporting the medical community in which we live and offers invaluable grassroots program opportunities for states, counties, leaders and members. Their Screen Out campaign, launched in October 2006, is a nationwide effort to take smoking out of youth-rated movies.
    Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights: The leading national lobbying organization dedicated to nonsmokers' rights, taking on the tobacco industry at all levels of government, protecting nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke, and preventing tobacco addiction among youth.
    Anti-Smoking Ads.org: Presents the extensive smoking-related research of Dr. Connie Pechmann, currently a Professor of Marketing at UC Irvine's Paul Merage School of Business.
    As You Sow: Launched the Corporate Social Responsibility Program (CSRP) in 1997 to use shareholder advocacy and the financial markets to catalyze positive change within public held companies.
    Burning Brain Society (India):  Conducted a major study of smoking in the movies in India, that showed that brand identification nearly tripled after India ended legal tobacco advertising.
    California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN): Dedicated to supporting youth and young adults by advocating for a tobacco-free California.  Provides tobacco control professionals and young people with the tangible tools for action to mobilize a powerful statewide movement.
    Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education: The work of the Center is designed to inform and improve the effectiveness of public health interventions to reduce tobacco use, spanning policy and historical research, economics, and science.
    Essential Action:  Founded in 1982 by Ralph Nader, Essential Information is involved in a variety of projects to encourage citizens to become active and engaged in their communities by providing provocative information to the public on important topics neglected by the mass media and policy makers. Read how they exposed British American Tobacco's use of Warner Brothers movies to promote tobacco in Nigeria.
    Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility:  A coalition of 275 Protestant, Catholic and Jewish institutional investors with more than $100 billion in equities held by pension, endowment or charitable foundation funds that presses corporations to act responsibly. ICCR is leading an effort to use shareholder resolutions to press the media giants that own Hollywood to get smoking out of youth-rated films.
    Media Wise: The Institute is the country’s leading source for research about the impact of media on bullying, youth violence, school performance, obesity and other child health and development issues.
    New Mexico Media Literacy Project:  Mission is to cultivate critical thinking and activism in our media culture to build healthy and just communities. Empowers children, youth and adults to become more critical consumers of media messages.
    Scene Smoking:  Reviews of smoking in current movies along with ideas for activism.
    Smoke Free Movies:  Smoke Free Movies is a project of Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Professor Glantz is co-author of The Cigarette Papers and Tobacco War and director of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.
    TheTruth.com:  National Truth Campaign designed to tell the truth about the tobacco industry.
    Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!:  Analysis of smoking in the movies done by high school students with Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails.
    TOBACCOpedia:  Online reference sponsored by the International Tobacco Control Network.
    Tobacco.org:  Free resource center focusing on tobacco and smoking issues. It features tobacco news, information, assistance for smokers trying to quit, alerts on tobacco control issues, and open consideration of all aspects of the spectrum of issues concerning tobacco, nicotine, cigarettes and cigars

Barry Hummel., Jr., MD, FAAP

Through his work in the film industry, Dr. Hummel became the Research Coordinator for the Blue Planet Marine Research Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by James Cameron. In addition to his research responsibilities, Dr. Hummel edited and published the organization’s newsletter and produced several documentaries about the work of the foundation.

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