NPR: Tobacco Documents All Things Considered
- Christy Turlington PSA
- Jeremy London ads
- Secrets Through the Smoke 55 minute video featuring Jeff Wigand
- SLAM from Leslie Nuchow
- My Kids
- a special report to help parents gain expert advice on how to keep their children free from substance abuse. Host Mark Hamill (Star Wars) guides viewers through a 30-minute video that describes resources for parents, gives tips from health care professionals, and offers testimonials from teenagers and adults, and features recording artist/musician and parent Richard Marx, who shares his concern about his children's future.
- Boyz2Men Ad
- During part of the year many Huichol families migrate to work as daily laborers in the tobacco fields of the state of Nayarit, along the Pacific Coast. That is the main tobacco production area in Mexico. In 1983 a group of people founded in Guadalajara AICAW a non-profit organization to help the Huichol Indians. AICAW means Asociacion para la Investigacion, Capacitacion y Assistencia Wixarika. . . We noticed that people started to visit the clinic with diseases that had been previously quite rare among the Huichols: a few cancer cases, children with congenital malformations, etc. . . I was horrified: the Huichols were working in sub-human conditions, without any information about the pesticides, without any protection. . . his video "Huicholes and pesticides" was produced in 1994 with the collaboration of Hector Bonilla, a famous Mexican actor for the Spanish version, and the actor Peter Coyote for the English version.
- Using graphic imagery, interviews with cancer patients, current and former teen tobacco users, this program combines hard-hitting facts with an X-Files take-off to present the truth about smoking and spit tobacco. The program supports Health and Life Skills units on tobacco education, behavioral choices and personal health. Students' understanding of the risks of tobacco use is explored as cancer victims, speaking with the aid of amplifiers held to their throats, attest to the addictive nature of all forms of tobacco, while an individual who lost half his jaw to cancer gives personal testimony that chewing tobacco and cigarettes are equally deadly. Current teen smokers, who have tried unsuccessfully to quit are juxtaposed with a particularly graphic exhibit -- a glass jar containing a quart of tar -- the contamination that pack-a-day smokers accumulate in their lungs each year. Students will be able to identify tobacco use as an unsafe behavior, and to understand the relationship between tobacco use and their physical well-being. 28 minutes, 4 -12, Adults, ©1998
- On the flip side, we see how tobacco industry manipulation has affected teens. A group of teens in a "video club" decide to make an exposé as part of a school project. They interview smokers, former smokers and non-smokers and learn some surprising things. (Note: the video club members are actors, but the teens they "profile" are from real "man-on-the-street" interviews.) Many of the interviewees, both smokers and non-smokers, resent how the tobacco companies try to "trap people". The teen smokers interviewed all regret that they started, became addicted faster than they believed possible, and experienced health effects within one year of starting. They also talk about how expensive the habit is. The non-smokers reveal that, although they don¹t always express it, they do greatly resent exposure to second-hand smoke and understand how dangerous it can be. Most of them find smokers less attractive than non-smokers. They also talk about why they chose not to smoke, most of them citing concerns about health and athletic performance. ISBN # 1-886728-33-X
- This video introduces teens to media literacy as it follows a dramatized tobacco company in its quest to attract new smokers. The company chooses teens as targets due to their long-term profit potential and due to their tendency to be "rapid-learners", i.e. easily addicted. Viewers see how a typical focus group identifies what interests teens and helps choose a new name and ad campaign. The company develops ads designed to make smoking look clean, athletic, and safe; in other words, the opposite of what it is. They use give-aways (t-shirts, bags, hats) to get their ads into schools and homes. The tobacco executives discuss the importance of keeping nicotine levels high, as their own research proves it is addictive and essential for maintaining "loyal" customers. The company works against an ingredient labeling law by giving major financial support to the opponent of the congresswoman who wrote it. They applaud the movies for doing the work of "normalization" for them by showing four times as many lead characters smoking as do comparable individuals in the actual population. They bring pressure to bear on magazines that accept tobacco advertising to prevent anti-tobacco articles. Then they sit back and wait for the profits to roll in. ISBN # 1-886728-31-3
NPR: Tobacco Documents All Things Considered
#185 / 3 parts 6/14-6/16/1994
Length: 28 mins
The tobacco industry has been the focus of intense scrutiny from the media, Congress, and government agencies. Tobacco companies have been charged with manipulating the levels of nicotine in cigarettes. The industry's also been accused of hiding what it knew about the links between smoking and disease. Now National Public Radio has obtained internal documents of the Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company, the makers of Viceroy and Kool cigarettes. These documents consist of more than 4,000 pages of reports, memos, scientific papers, public relations releases, and legal papers primarily generated from the 1960s through the 1980s.
The Brown and Williamson papers provide an unprecedented glimpse into the inner workings of an often secretive industry and additional evidence of the contradictions between what tobacco company officials told the world and what they said to each other.
Pete Dako at Casual Casual tipped me off to Canada's Addiction Research Foundation , where Debbie Monkman kindly supplied me with the following list of videos:
SMOKING & TOBACCO
These videos were reviewed by a committee of ARF specialists, addiction workers and community members and the reviews were published in "Projection," a bi-monthly addictions video review service from ARF. Please contact a video distributor in your area to find out how to get these videos. For information about ARF and "Projection" contact:
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Butt It Out
(Video No. 605) 1983
Rating: 5.6 (6 point scale)
Audience: 6-9 years; general
Synopsis: After hours in a testing laboratory, animal puppets are discussing the current experiment. A puppet robot joins them and offers them a cigarette. The next morning, the professor puts the robot on a treadmill to run for one hour. The robot cannot do it, but declares that it is not because he smokes. Other enactments show clear and dirty lungs, effects of second-hand smoke and why people smoke. The robot vows never to smoke again when he realizes how harmful it is.
(Video No. 845) 1987 Rating: 4.3 (6 point scale)
Synopsis: Dr. Alan Blum delivers a lecture on the evil cigarette manufacturers and how they manage to advertise their product even though the use of cigarettes kills many people each year. An organization called DOC has been set up to develop and use counter-advertising against the cigarette manufacturers. Dr. Blum urges his audience to become involved with DOC and to do all they can to get rid of cigarettes.
Cigarettes: Who Profits, Who Dies?
(Video No. 1106) 1993; 50 min Rating: 5.6 (6 point scale)
Audience: general; 15 years +
Synopsis: Wayne McLaren, the Marlboro Man, reprises his role from the advertisements that helped make Marlboro the top selling U.S. cigarette brand. Wayne also has cancer related to cigarette smoking. We also hear from Myriam, a Lucky Strike model, who now teaches her fellow laryngectomy patients how to talk again. This program is a powerful and provocative look at how advertising works to recruit smokers to replace those who die or quit. It also explores the gulf between the images and the effects of smoking as well as the efforts of the tobacco companies to expand their trade into new markets in Asia and the Pacific.
Confessions Of A Simple Surgeon
(Video No. 976) 1990 Rating: 5.6 (6 point scale)
Audience: 8 years +; general; smokers
Synopsis: Following years of first-hand exposure to the toll smoking takes on human lives, Australian Dr. Arthur Evans fights back. Tactics used by Dr. Chesterfield and other urban guerillas target outdoor advertising, taking action after midnight, armed with cans of spray paint. Satirical spoofs of cigarette advertising and other media events also challenge the "sophisticated, evil lies of smoking advertising." Graphic scenes showing the results of cigarette-related health hazards are used to justify illegal activities of such tobacco-protest groups as "bugger-up."
Death In The West
(Video No. 2018) 1976; 32 min Rating: None given (6 point scale)
Audience: general 16 years +
Synopsis: Thames Television, under pressure from the Phillip Morris tobacco company suppressed broadcast of this documentary and it was not shown in public until 1982. It is a profile of the growth of the Marlboro brand of cigarettes to the number one position in the United States, propelled there by the rough and independent image of the cowboy. A number of the working cowboys originally shown in the advertisements are interviewed as are their physicians. Most have since died of cancer, caused by smoking the MD's assert. A senior executive and a scientist from Phillip Morris are also interviewed. Taking the opposite view the smoking of tobacco is not proven to cause cancer and that carcinogens known to be in tobacco are insignificant.
Diary Of A Teenage Smoker
(Video No. 2067) 1991; 26 min Rating: None given (6 point scale)
Audience: women 13 to adult; smokers
Synopsis: "I was Desperate...I had to find one," a diarist writes of her life as a smoker. Throughout this program young women comment on their smoking habits: how they started and how they tried to quit. Most started with friends, "everyone smoked." They discuss rebellion, the need to fit in, the place of advertising and the importance of appearances. The comic Sandra Shamus comments on her smoking career and "how to smoke like a lady." Interspersed with this commentary are facts about health consequences and examples of counter advertising.
Death in the West is now distributed on home video in the US by Pyramid Films Corp.--gb
Dying For A Smoke
(Video No. 1182) 1994; 50 min Rating: 3.7 (6 point scale)
Synopsis: This documentary examines the social costs of cigarette smoking: expert profiles are given on the effects during pregnancy; on heart attacks, asthma, emphysema and other health problems. Also examined is "vote trading" in the U.S. Congress, the problem of addiction, advertising and profitability. Attitudes of European consumers and governments are outlined and celebrity testimonials from Charleton Heston and Johnny Mathis round-out the program.
Brief Review by Pete Dako
(Video No. 925) 1989
Rating: 4.0 (6 point scale)
Audience: women; 12 years +
Synopsis: A cameo appearance by actress Meridith Baxter Birney kicks off this warning of the special risks women face in relation to cigarettes. In addition to the general health hazards smoking poses, dangers to the female reproduction system and unborn babies are discussed. Cigarette advertising now targeting women promotes smoking as liberating, sexually attractive and glamorous. The truth about smoking is revealed by women whose lives have been severely damaged by cigarettes.
(Video No. 790) 1986
Rating: 5.1 (6 point scale)
Audience: 8-18 years of age
Synopsis: A group of teenagers are producing a film on smoking. There film opens with a girl walking through a mall watching smokers and non-smokers. She meets friends and succumbs to their pressure to smoke. Interviews deal with why people started to smoke, why they quit, and why they continued to smoke. Meanwhile, a new girl at school wonders how she will make friends. A boy tries to persuade her to smoke a cigarette; the same scene is replayed several times employing different pressure and refusal techniques. Finally, another girl is transported into the future where she astounds that generation by lighting a cigarette. Their scientists test the cigarette and tell her that it is dangerous to her health.
Growing Up Without Tobacco
(Video No. 1125) 1991; 8 min Rating: 4.8 (6 point scale)
Audience: students 12 to 18 years
Synopsis: Today, "a battle is underway" for the health of the next generation, pitting cigarette manufacturers and their billion dollar advertising campaigns against health advocates. This video collects and presents a variety of anti-tobacco efforts from around the world. Programs range from the Smoke Busters Club, which intends to make non-smoking fashionable for U.K. teens, to education in Kenya, to a recent Scottish television advertisement that portrays smokers as puppets.
Hidden Addict: Smoking
(Video No. 865) 1987 Rating: 5.0 (6 point scale)
Audience: health professionals; 15 years +; drug users Synopsis: Although cigarette smoking has lost popularity over time, the tobacco industry is still a multi-million dollar business that encourages the adoption of smoking at an early age. John began smoking as a teenager. Although he has lost part of a lung to cancer, he continues to smoke. Like others, John finds nicotine addiction so powerful that he is unable to give up cigarette smoking.
Hooked On Tobacco?
(Video No. 2086) 1990 Rating: No rating (6 point scale)
Synopsis: This video discusses and illustrates the syndrome of tobacco dependence, and the mechanism by which smokers are "hooked" and how the body of the smoker learns tolerance. Physical effects are also presented. It would be of interest to a wide audience for an introduction to tobacco dependence, smoking control, or cessation.
Hugh McCabe: The Coach's Final Lesson
(Video No. 891) 1988 Rating: 5.3 (6 point scale)
Audience: 15 years +; teachers; students Synopsis: Coach McCabe, a high school teacher, a father, an athletic coach, a personal counsellor and a smoker, has a cancerous tumour on his lungs. He says that his condition is related to his smoking, but will not stop because he feels the damage is done. He is, in fact, addicted to cigarettes. Personal interviews with Coach McCabe, his family, friends, peers and students describe the coach's personal attributes, his life prior to diagnosis, the progression of his illness and ultimately his death.
Just For Me: I Don't Buy It
(Video No. 1058) Rating: 5.3 (6 point scale)
Audience: Grade 2 to 4
Synopsis: I don't buy it is one of six student programs in Just for Me, a series that provides video and print materials on drug abuse prevention skills. In this video, Zach becomes concerned when he sees his friend Amy smoking cigarettes. Amy says she just wants to have the same kind of fun that advertising links to consumption of tobacco and alcohol. Zach consults his mother, who works in an ad agency, and she explains that the purpose of advertising is to promote a product-not tell the truth. Amy, Zach and their friend Teeter then produce a series of satirical ads for their classmates. They spoof typical ads (Cowpoke cigarettes, etc), then urge their friends to ask what products are really about-to get the facts from independent sources, such as libraries and teachers-and think about the consequences of use.
Lobbying For Lives: Lessons From The Front
(Video No. 898) 1988 Rating: 4.8 (6 point scale)
Audience: 15 years +; health professionals Synopsis: Documented events trace the lobbying and ultimate passage of the Canadian anti-tobacco bills, C-51 and C-204, on June 28, 1988. Bill C-51 bans all tobacco advertising, severely limits other tobacco promotion, mandates stronger package warning and compels tobacco manufacturers to include detailed package inserts listing all ingredients and harmful effects. Bill C-204 bans smoking in all workplaces under federal jurisdiction and brings tobacco under the Hazardous Products Act. The important lesson learned by health lobby groups is that if they are willing to learn the political ropes, mobilize their volunteers and exercise their political clout, significant legislative change can occur. Such change can reduce disease, prevent deaths, and in the long run do more for the health of Canadians than all of the hospitals in the country put together.
Mommy, I Can't Breathe
(Video No. 870) 1987 Rating: 4.8 (6 point scale)
Audience: health professionals; adults
Synopsis: Smoking and second hand smoke are unhealthy for foetuses, infants, growing children and their parents. Pregnant women who smoke endanger their babies' health in many ways; harmful gases and poisonous substances from tobacco smoke easily cross the placental lining. Even after birth, children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk of adverse health effects such as pneumonia, bronchitis and underdevelopment. Expectant mothers should be strongly motivated to quit smoking for the sake of their babies' health. It is also a good time for fathers to quit smoking.
(Video No. 1089.8) 1991; 30 min Rating: None given (6 point scale)
Synopsis: This program is part of the series Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs and presents in general terms many issues relating to tobacco use, including the idea that tobacco use can also be a form of drug abuse. History, production, advertising, long and short term consequences for health are covered. Statistics are from U.S. experience, among them being that 90 per cent of smokers started before they were 19 years old.
Packing It In
(Video No. 855) 1987
Rating: 4.4 (6 point scale)
Synopsis: Murray and Susan have decided to quit smoking "cold turkey" in the next week. In preparation for "quitting day" they complete a personal inventory and record other information about their smoking. We follow Murray and Susan each day for the next 2 weeks. They discuss their withdrawal symptoms and feeling about not smoking. To relieve anxiety they learn deep breathing and relaxation exercises. Interspersed with these scenes are "Smoking Trivia" facts and Health and Welfare Canada commercials from the late 1960's.
Pack of Lies: The Advertising Of Tobacco
(Video No. 1082) 1993 Rating: 4.3 (6 point scale)
Audience: Policy makers; health professionals; students of advertising; general public Synopsis: In a videotaped lecture, two presenters challenge the tobacco industry's claim that cigarette advertisements are only intended to motivate current smokers to switch brands. They give evidence of advertisements intended to recruit young smokers, target other groups such as women and reassure existing smokers.Mother Jones magazine says of "Pack of Lies": [It] exposes the tricks advertisers use to lure teenagers and women. Order it from the Media Education Foundation, 26 Center St., Northampton, MA 01060, (800) 659-6882.
(1961). Soap-operaish doings in the Connecticut tobacco fields.
With Claudette Colbert, Karl Malden, Troy Donahue.
Poisoning Your Children: The Perils Of Secondhand Smoke
(Video No. 1185) 1993; 12 min Rating: 5.4 (6 point scale)
Synopsis: According to one narrator, "70 per cent of children smoke: because their parents do," while another states that "smoking parents slowly poison their kids." This video uses animation, expert interviews and testimonials to reveal hoe secondhand smoke damages health, especially that of young children. The animated segments illustrate how tobacco smoke effects the body and how it compounds problems of asthma and pneumonia. One segment chronicles the asthma problems of a young girl who we see using a "puffer" while her father smokes a cigarette in the background.
Showdown On Tobacco Road
(Video No. 945) 1987 Rating: 5.2 (6 point scale)
Audience: 12 years +; general; smokers; health professionals Synopsis: An overview of smoking in American culture in the backdrop to a debate on human rights, legal implications, political and medical issues around tobacco. Viewpoints are presented from all sides, including medical experts, politicians, advertising and tobacco industry representatives, smokers, anti-smoking activists and non-smokers themselves. Much of the discussion argues the question of whether or not US cigarette manufacturers have a First Amendment right to advertise in newspapers, magazines and on billboards. Other discussion concerns a person's right to smoke and possible implications on personal freedom.
Smart Women Don't Smoke
(Video No. 2083) 1989 Rating: No rating (6 point scale)
Synopsis: Women smokers face increased health risks during pregnancy, or if smoking in combination with birth control pill use. Why women smoke is discussed in terms of tobacco promotion, and several of the best anti-smoking P.S.A.'s are shown. Yul Brynner's anti-smoking message is included, recorded when he was dying of lung cancer. The story is narrated by his daughter Victoria.
Smoke and mirrors: a history of denialDirector Torrie Rosenzweig, who co-wrote and co-produced the film with Elise Pearlstein, offers up thoughtful interviews with leading researchers, writers, and public health officials, but has also gone far beyond the constraints of the talking head documentary. From a wanted poster of the 1880s ("Wanted 1000 girls & 500 boys14-21to learn to make little cigars. Clean factory. No dust and no bad air") to the "7 Dwarfs", the tobacco industry bosses who testified in 1994 that nicotine was not addictive, Smoke and mirrors has captured it all on film. . . Impeccably crafted and skilfully researched, Smoke and mirrors illuminates a troubling story with extraordinary images, rich music, and insightful analysis. This is one of the best movies ever made about a very bad business. (Tobacco Control, Winter 2000)
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Smoking: It's Your Choice (3rd Edition)(Video No. 889) 1989 Rating: 4.0 (6 point scale)
Audience: 8-14 years;
Synopsis: Current studies of cigarette smoking reveal the high health risks of smoking: nicotine is the most habit forming drug (9 out of 10 people who start smoking become addicted); second-hand smoke is harmful (children of smokers suffer more bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory diseases than children of non-smokers; smoking damages the lungs, eventually causing emphysema; smoking causes cancer of the larynx and the lungs, smoking is currently the primary cause of heart disease; a pregnant smoker may harm her unborn child since carbon monoxide and other dangerous chemicals pass into the body of the unborn child through the placenta, robbing the baby of oxygen and nutrients. Yet there are strong influences to encourage continued smoking.
(Video No. 2125) 1989; 16 min Rating: None given (6 point scale)
Audience: workplace; general
Synopsis: This program starts with a comical portrayal of a mad scientist trying to invent the perfect poison, only to find by accident that such a poison already exists in the form of secondhand smoke from cigarettes. Hosted by Jack Klugman arguments are presented on the increased health risks for non-smokers (including unborn babies) and that there are no safe levels of exposure. The conclusion urges non-smokers to take social action.
Smoke And Mirrors
(Video No. 1180)
Rating 3.8 (6 point scale)
Audience: students 10-15 years
Synopsis: Kea, a young dancer, is excited to be chosen a "Zowie Girl" and model a line of clothing. A friend tells her that the clothing line is a subsidiary of a tobacco company. Kea does not seem to mind, but soon learns that her agent is more concerned about promoting tobacco use to teens than marketing clothing. During a personal appearance at a mall, the agent asks Kea to start smoking the company's cigarettes to help promote a more sophisticated image. Realizing she has been manipulated into encouraging other kids to smoke, Kea decides to quit the company.
Smoking Against Your Will
(Video No. 2032) 1985; 29 min Rating: None given (6 point scale)
Audience: health professionals; general
Synopsis: Second-hand smoke and its health effects is the issue of this program. Smokers and non-smokers discuss their beliefs and concerns. Through interviews with health care professionals the hazards of "side-stream" for people with allergies, children and spouses of smokers are described. Ultrasound images are used to show a fetus responding to the presence of tobacco smoke. Problems of tobacco in the workplace are presented and "before and after" blood test show high levels of carbon monoxide (CO) among workers in a bingo hall.
Smoking: Time To Quit
(Video No. 2143) 1994; 17 min Rating: 3.7 (6 point scale)
Audience: general; smokers
Synopsis: This video combines interviews with physicians, former smokers and old television commercials to present information on quitting. One expert discusses the physical consequences of tobacco use included among them the much higher risk of stroke and heart attacks among smokers. Also presented are the risks of long-term exposure to "second-hand" smoke particularly hospitality workers and children of smokers. An epidemiologist gives tips on quitting such as planning in advance and not being discouraged by relapse. It is pointed out that most people make several serious attempts to quit before succeeding. It takes practice.
(Video No. 1186) 1994; 23 min Rating: 5.0 (6 point scale)
Audience: students 6 to 14 years
Synopsis: In this fictional story, "Smokin' Sam" is the star player on a roller hockey team. The team also happens to be owned by a corporation that also owns a tobacco company. After a personal appearance at an elementary school, Sam is seen smoking in the parking lot by two of his young fans. The children lecture Sam on the dangers of smoking. During the events that follow Sam and his two young friends learn about the health hazards of smoking from a doctor and how tobacco companies use advertising to recruit young people and others to become smokers.
Time Challengers: Assignment Smoking
(Video No. 1021) 1991 Rating: 4.1 (6 point scale)
Audience: 8 to 12 years
Synopsis: In this animated fantasy, three kids are given special powers by mysterious old Mr. Chronos. They become the Time Challengers: Rerun, able to visit the past; Contempo, who can freeze time in the present; and Futuron, who can travel into the future. In this episode (several are available), the three heroes try to convince high school track star Lee to give up smoking. Contempo freezes time as his race begins. Rerun then takes him back to when he had his first cigarette. And Futuron spirits him ahead to the future, where his grandmother lies hospitalized with emphysema. like the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future in Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", they get their message across and Lee throws away his cigarettes in time to run his race.
Tobacco: The Complete Story
(Video No. 2034) 1981 Rating: No rating (6 point scale)
Audience: adults; general
Synopsis: This video provides an objective overview on smoking and the impact of tobacco on our social and economic life. It is not a scare-tactics, anti-smoking production. Using documentary photography and interviews, we discover how tobacco is grown, processed and sold. Advertising, pricing, legislation and health issues are addressed directly and concisely. It is a useful information resource and discussion starter for any group that is dealing with tobacco use in our society.
Tobacco: The Pushers And Their Victims
(Video No. 1033) Rating: 4.9 (6 point scale)
Audience: Students aged 15 to 18
Synopsis: This film takes a look at teens and smoking from two distinct vantage points. First it looks at how the tobacco industry markets its products in ways that would appeal to young smokers; secondly it presents, through interviews with teens, their reasons for starting to smoke, the effects smoking has had on them and the difficulties they encounter when trying to quit. The film also presents U.S. statistics on some of the harmful consequences of smoking, including the effects on babies whose mothers smoke while pregnant.
Tobacco: A Gift Of Choice
(Video No. 1059) Rating: 3.6 (6 point scale)
Audience: Native youth
Synopsis: Many Native people have long regarded tobacco as a gift from, and a symbol of respect for the creator. They assert there is a difference between its traditional ceremonial use and the habitual use of cigarettes and chewing tobacco. An elder passes on to his grandson the tobacco related lore given him by his own grandfather, hoping that tobacco will cease to be a substance of abuse and that young people will rediscover its traditional use. A group of young native people perform a rap song in support of this message.
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Then came 'The Hucksters.' Part expose, part satire, it was based on the 1946 best seller by former Foote Cone & Belding insider Frederick Wakeman. It had devastating credibility. Indeed, Evans, as played with bravado by Sidney Greenstreet, was a barely disguised literary proxy for the very real George Washington Hill, ayatollah of American Tobacco Co., which for three decades blanketed the air with Lucky Strike ads that were more like mantras than commercials. Clark Gable is the smart, pin-stripe knight of the Kimberly Advertising Agency who dares to challenge Evans's authority with wit and taste and declines to be 'kept.'
In many ways, 'The Hucksters' remains a seminal work. Its cast of petty tyrants and jittery sycophants, of wiseacre cynics and brainwashed company men, defined the public profile of Madison Avenue. It became the matrix for most of the ad-agency fiction that followed, right on down through 'Network' and 'Nothing in Common.'
Produced by: Warner Brothers
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Cast (in alphabetical order) probably complete
Lauren Bacall .... Sonia Kovac
Gary Cooper .... Brant Royle
Patricia Neal .... Margaret Lane
Nita Talbot .... Cousin Theodora
Written by Foster FitzSimons (novel)
A Freyda Rothstein Production Starring Christine Lahti and Terry O'Quinn; directed by John David Coles. Aired Dec. 14, 1992, Lifetime Channel. Sponsored by Hearst Entertainment, Ralston Purina.
Dramatizations of the "Wall of Flesh," etc.
In this special episode, aired in November, 1995, Lindsay (Natalia Cigliuti) is unable to quit smoking until she has a daydream of a future that doesn't include her. Screech says, It's easier to quit smoking if you've never tried.
The episode closes with a taped message from President Clinton about the dangers of smoking. Clinton speaks directly to the viewers by acknowledging that his words may seem like a lecture but smoking cigarettes just isn't cool. I want all of you to grow up and live long, healthy lives so that you can be president someday or do whatever else you want. Remember, there are lots of cool things to do, so why do something that's not.
Discover Films Video, 1997
The Tobacco Horror Picture Show
Target Audience: Grades 10-College
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This video blends humor and horror in a way that will be interesting to young people. A mad scientist revels in his lab while adding toxic chemicals to his cigarettes. A "tar lady" portrays on the outside what happens on the inside from smoking. This video also features Debi Austin, a victim of throat cancer who demonstrates the results of nicotine addiction when she smokes through the stoma (hole in her neck) created when her larynx was removed.
Tobacco Under FireThis ABC documentary was never aired.
as promised here is a bit more info on DYING FOR A SMOKE which stars:
C. Heston, Johnny Mathis, Chuck Norris, Gregory Hines, Belinda Montgomery, Yul Brynner, Patrick Reynolds, Everett Koop, (Teen Idol) Debbie Gibson, Rick Dees,(Winston Models) David Goerlitz and David Stevens, J. William Allgood M.D., Phillip Bartlett, M.D. and others
Perhaps feeling guilty of PM promotions (which were not mentioned here) C. Heston does do a complete about-face. In this film he says:
" Smoking killed my father...cigarettes killed my father, my stepfather... and my sister and my half-brother both of whom were younger than I, some years ago..."
" When I came into films in 1950 almost everybody smoked. It was just...for one thing a cigarette or a cigar or a pipe is a good prop"
" I think there will be a time when far fewer people smoke then smoke now and I look forward to that time. You have to focus on the next generation."
While not quite as powerful overall as the other films I mentioned recently the ending of DYING FOR A SMOKE is quite moving. It's a clip of Yul Brynner
" Now that I'm gone, I tell you... don't smoke.
Whatever you do, just don't smoke..."
then in white letters on a black background, with Aarron Neville singing "Ave Maria" a long list of tobacco dead with the dates they lived beginning with
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