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2017

Films, TV soft target for anti-tobacco drive

Special correspondent | The Hindu (10 Feb 2017)
The Indian film and television industry has come out strongly against a WHO-sponsored study criticizing implementation of anti-tobacco messages on films and shows with smoking. Read more...

22% of India TV programs depict tobacco use: gov't study

PTI | India Today (10 Feb 2017)
Study recommends stronger enforcement of Indian rules that add anti-tobacco warnings to programming with tobacco imagery. Read more...

Watching James Bond could turn you into a smoker

Stephen Matthews | Daily Mail (17 Jan 2017)
Cigarettes feature in all but one of James Bond's 24 movies filmed to date, new research has discovered. And despite kicking the habit in 2002 - before Daniel Craig took over - he continues to be exposed to second-hand smoke from his sexual partners, experts say. Read more...

Princess Leia ultimately killed by the real Darth Vader

Stuart Kreisman | Vancouver (BC) Sun (3 Jan 2017)
The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that...simple movie ratings changes could reduce the number of teen smokers by nearly one in five (18 per cent), and prevent one million deaths from smoking among U.S. children alive today. In Canada, the ratings systems are even worse, with 86 per cent of movies featuring tobacco use being youth-rated Read more...

2016

Guest op-ed: A smoke-free scene

Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams | Brooklyn Reporter (17 Nov 2016)
The solution is an “R” rating for all movies that contain tobacco imagery. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that giving an “R” rating to future movies with tobacco would be expected to reduce the number of teen smokers by nearly one in five and prevent one million deaths from smoking among children alive today. Read more...

Movie ratings can deem films with tobacco use as OK for kids, judge rules

David Lieberman | Deadline Hollywod (11 Nov 2016)
The MPAA has a free speech right to assign a G, PG, or PG-13 rating to movies that depict tobacco use, a U.S. District Court has ruled — rejecting an argument that the practice is a form of commercial speech that dangerously encourages kids to smoke. Read more...

Hollywood studios beat lawsuit over PG and PG-13 rating films featuring smoking

Eriq Gardner | The Hollywood Reporter (11 Nov 2016)
A judge concludes that ratings are opinions, that misrepresentations haven't been made and that the proposed class action interferes with free speech. Read more...

Judge wary of lawsuit over smoking in movies

Nicholas Iovino | Courthouse News Service (31 Oct 2016)
A federal judge on Friday seemed skeptical of arguments that the motion picture industry misrepresents the content of films by not giving R ratings to all movies featuring tobacco smoking. Read more...

Studios focus on opinionated nature of movie ratings in smoking-in-films lawsuit

Eriq Gardner | The Hollywood Reporter (16 Sep 2016)
MPAA members tell a judge that "PG," "PG-13" and other ratings don't represent seals of approval. Read more...

MPAA rips USC study that says state tax incentives have no effect on jobs, wages

David Robb | Deadline.com (14 Sep 2016)
The MPAA has accused Thom of “academic malpractice,” stating that his study is so flawed that it not only tarnishes his own reputation but USC’s as well. Read more...