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2017

Vancouver (BC) students tweak smoking movies on Twitter

Yuliya Talmazan | Global News (23 Feb 2017)
Just a few days before the 89th Academy Awards are handed out in Los Angeles, a group of students at David Thompson Secondary in Vancouver is calling out films and directors that, they say, are glamourizing smoking to young people. Read more...

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...

2016

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...

Call for smoking to be removed from children's movies

Tim Sandle | Digital Journal (10 Sep 2016)
Hot topic for discussion as Toronto International Film Festival kicks off. Read more...