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2016

Hollywood studios defend right to have smoking in movies rated suitable for children

Eriq Gardner | The Hollywood Reporter (29 Apr 2016)
In response to a class-action lawsuit, MPAA members raise the First Amendment flag and warn of forced R ratings for movies with soda and fatty foods. Read more...

Hollywood still struggling to quit smoking in youth films

Editors | Truth Initiative (7 Apr 2016)
'We should not allow movies to be advertising vehicles for big tobacco,' said Truth CEO Robin Koval. Read more...

Toronto event's stark message: Smoking on screen kills in real life

Ontario Lung Association | MarketWired (6 Apr 2016)
On eve of MTV Movie Awards, youth from Canada and the US join forces to call for smoke-free youth-rated movies. Read more...

Hollywood not honoring anti-smoking pledge: Lawsuit

Jenna Susko and Amy Corral | NBC 4 Los Angeles (4 Apr 2016)
A nearly 60-page complaint filed by Timothy Forsyth accuses the film industry of ignoring scientific evidence linking big screen smoking to adolescent habits. Read more...

Why should Hollywood quit smoking?

Robbie Collin | The Telegraph (1 Apr 2016)
California's anti-smoking lobby wants Hollywood to give up cigarettes. But what's so wrong with stars who light up the screen? Read more...

Lawsuit seeks R-rating...

Debra Cassens Weiss | ABA Journal (25 Mar 2016)
The complaint also seeks damages for consumers who bought tickets to movies that were negligently rated, and disgorgement of gains from the alleged inaccurate ratings. Read more...

An R rating, perhaps, for smoking on screen

Michael Ciepley | The New York Times (22 Mar 2016)
The dispute centers on a class-action complaint seeking to prevent films with tobacco imagery from receiving G, PG or PG-13 ratings. Read more...

USC researcher studies prevalence of smoking in movies

Lauren Sausser | Post and Courier (15 Mar 2016)
Jim Trasher, a public health expert at the University of South Carolina, says films that feature smoking cause adolescents to smoke. Read more...

Hollywood's rating system blamed in class action lawsuit for smoking-related deaths

Erig Gardner | The Hollywood Reporter (4 Mar 2016)
Lawsuit seeks an injunction where no films featuring tobacco imagery can be given "G," "PG" or "PG-13" ratings. Read more...

Film biz needs to get the message on smoking

The Editors | Vancouver (BC) Sun (3 Mar 2016)
Indeed, the World Health Organization in early February stated that onscreen smoking prompts more than a third of young people who smoke to do so. Read more...