Melissa Havard, Consultant to Film & TV on Health Issues, Dies at 51

Originally posted on Variety:

Melissa Addis Caplan Havard, a consultant to TV series including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Law and Order: SVU” and films “The Insider,” “Juno” and “Thank You for Smoking” and a onetime teacher at Los Angeles Film School, died on Dec. 19 in Duarte, Calif. She was 51 and had been battling leukemia.

From 1997 to 2004, Havard was the director of the entertainment initiative for the Office of Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control, where she was the force behind campaigns that included high-profile public service announcements urging viewers to quit smoking such as one starring Christy Turlington ( and Esai Morales’ “Quit for the ones you love” ad.

Her job was to be the liaison to the creative community providing accurate science and materials for set dressing for inclusion in tobacco-related storylines. Other films and TV series on which she worked included “Coach Carter,” “Mean…

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