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Scott Simon | NPR (23 Jul 2016)
Should a child going to a G-rated movie be exposed to characters smoking on screen? The MPAA is defending itself from a lawsuit about that. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with film historian David Thomson.
Jacob Gershman | The Wall Street Journal (22 Jul 2016)
The plaintiffs claim the MPAA’s rating system isn’t a protected expression of opinion but a form of commercial speech. As such, the First Amendment protections are much weaker, they argue.
Mona Chalabi | The Guardian (19 Jul 2016)
[Major studios' trade group] says a ban on smoking would be attack on free speech – and indeed, most movies still reek of tobacco, even those aimed at teenagers.
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.
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.
| 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.
Alyssa Rosenberg | The Washington Post (11 May 2016)
The debate about smoking and the movies raises important questions about the history of government regulation of the movies, the ability of an industry to regulate itself, and the best ways to advocate for changes to what we see on our movie screens.
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.
Editors | Truth Initiative (7 Apr 2016)
'We should not allow movies to be advertising vehicles for big tobacco,' said Truth CEO Robin Koval.
Ontario Lung Association | MarketWired (6 Apr 2016)
On eve of MTV Movie Awards, youth from Canada and the US join forces to call for smoke-free youth-rated movies.