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2016

Movie ratings are not protected by First Amendment, court told

Eriq Gardner | The Hollywood Reporter (18 Jul 2016)
Plaintiffs defend a lawsuit seeking an injunction where no films featuring tobacco imagery can be given G, PG or PG-13 ratings. Read more...

Tobacco scenes on screen should carry R-rating, say researchers

Rachel Thomas | stuff.co.nz (31 May 2016)
New Zealand researchers are calling for an R rating for TV shows and films containing tobacco imagery, after a study that shows there has been little change in on-screen smoking in the past 10 years. Read more...

Indian Medical Association wants ban on smoking scenes in films

| dnaIndia.com (26 May 2016)
India's on-screen warning that 'smoking is injurious to health' does not stop people emulating the smoking character, says the IMA, which represents more then two million physicians and medical students across the country. Read more...

'I never want another cigarette again!' says Ryan Gosling...

Megan Pustetto | Daily Mail Australia (17 May 2016)
He 'smoked himself out' while filming The Nice Guys and admits he has now given up the habit for good. Read more...

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...

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...

Tobacco opponent takes on movie industry

John Chown | Courthouse News Service (29 Feb 2016)
Saying 1 million young lives are at stake, a Bay Area activist filed a class action against six major movie studios and the Motion Picture Association of America to try to stop children from being exposed to tobacco products in movies. Read more...