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2016

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...

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...

Father targets film studios over smoking scenes in movies

Steven Trader | Law360 (26 Feb 2016)
A father hit the Motion Picture Association of America and six of Hollywood's largest film studios with a proposed class action over including smoking scenes in movies rated suitable for children. Read more...

MPAA, studios slapped with class-action lawsuit over smoking in films

Tim Kenneally | The Wrap (26 Feb 2016)
Complaint claims that instances of smoking in youth-related films, with certain exceptions, are negligent. Read more...

'Eddie the Eagle' soars, but Hugh Jackman's cigarette smoking stinks

Jeff Sneider | The Wrap (26 Feb 2016)
The period film is rated PG-13, and one of the reasons for that is his character’s insistence on lighting up. Read more...