News | Opinion

2010

Smoke Screens

Richard Brody | The New Yorker (7 Jan 2010)
A modest proposal: the MPAA ratings system should be abolished. Read more...

Up in smoke: Give movies with tobacco an automatic 'R'

David Edelstein | New York Magazine (6 Jan 2010)
We just make it tougher for new films with cigarette use to influence kids. Read more...

2008

Smoked out

Joan Cincotta | Syracuse Post-Standard (1 Dec 2008)
Smoking in movies is a powerful channel for promoting a lethal addiction. Read more...

2007

Making cancer cool: Tobacco and Hollywood

Ralph Nader | Counterpunch (21 Feb 2007)
One important cultural ally of Big Tobacco is Hollywood. Read more...

2005

Attack of the nannies

John Leo | U.S. News (5 Jul 2005)
It's a good idea to stop glamorizing smoking in movies, but the nannies want more. Read more...

2004

Big Tobacco vs. Hollywood

Jonathan R. Polansky | The Atlantic Monthly (1 Nov 2004)
A notorious industry targets Hollywood's favorite candidates for defeat. Read more...

2003

Rate tobacco use

Mark Bisgeier | Variety (9 Sep 2003)
Tobacco use in a kid-rated film doesn't sell the film. But it does sell tobacco — to kids. Read more...

Bad? Yes — the flicks made us do it

Nick Gillespie | Los Angeles Times (3 Sep 2003)
Nothing better to do than intimidate and harass an entertainment industry that has broken no laws. Read more...

Rate films with smoking 'R' for their influence on kids

Gilbert Ross | USA Today (19 Aug 2003)
What will it take to get Hollywood executives to address the dangers of smoking? Read more...

My first cigarette, and my last

Kirk Douglas | The New York Times (16 May 2003)
Hollywood started me smoking, literally putting a cigarette in my hand. Read more...