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2015

'Star Wars: Episode VIII' release date revealed

Paul Bond | The Hollywood Reporter (13 Mar 2015)
Iger was called on to reiterate his pledge of not showing characters smoking on TV or in movies except where necessary for historical accuracy, though one shareholder asked him to go further by asking the MPAA to give an R-rating to movies that include smoking and to rally other studios to support such a measure. Read more...

Here’s why you’ll never see Iron Man smoking a cigarette in a Marvel movie

Victoria McNally | MTV News (13 Mar 2015)
Genius billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark has got some pretty bad habits...but one thing he’s never going to do is light up a cigarette, says Disney; they will “absolutely prohibit” the depiction of smoking in all Disney films with a PG-13 rating or under, including those made by Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm. Read more...

After Sony hacking, the MPAA considers major changes

Michael Ciepley and Brooks Barnes | The New York Times (5 Feb 2015)
Fissures revealed by the hacking at Sony Pictures Entertainment have raised the prospect of profound change at one of Hollywood’s oldest institutions: the Motion Picture Association of America. Read more...

Film with smoking content should be rated 18A to protect kids, group argues

Sheryl Ubelacker | CTV (3 Feb 2015)
'This is one of the last forms of media where tobacco use can actually be shown to kids.' Read more...

Coalition wants movies with smoking rated 18A

Jennifer Palisoc | Global News (30 Jan 2015)
Ontario, Canada's Coalition for Smoke-Free Movies is calling for a change in how movies with smoking are rated. Read more...

2014

Chain-smoking characters face an R-rating

Alexandra Zabcek | Edmonton (Canada) Journal (27 Nov 2014)
Alberta, Canada, campaign wants smoking in new feature films to prompt an R-rating. Read more...

China mulls smoking scene ban on screen

Zhao Wei | Sina.com (26 Nov 2014)
Bolstering a 2011 regulation, a new law would fine producers for tobacco brands and product placement in films. Read more...

Doctors want Hollywood to cancel e-cigs

Brad Broker | Physicians News Digest (20 Oct 2014)
Pennsylvania Medical Society wants the AMA to lobby federal agencies to prohibit celebrity endorsements and product placements. Read more...

Advocacy groups challenge studios over smoking in youth-rated movies

Brooks Barnes | The New York Times (30 Sep 2014)
Shareholders push for progress in limiting cigarette smoking in movies that young people see the most. Read more...

Coming soon to theaters near you: E-cigarettes

Erich Schwartzel | The Wall Street Journal (15 Sep 2014)
SmokeStik's product placement in 'Cymbeline' has far-reaching implications for Hollywood and Big Tobacco. Read more...