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2016

MPAA argues ban on smoking in movies defies First Amendment

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. Read more...

Movie industry in First Amendment clash with anti-smoking activists

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. Read more...

Smoking in movies: Film-makers just can't kick the habit

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. Read more...

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...

In the fight against tobacco, advocates shouldn't send free speech up in smoke

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. 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...

Hollywood still struggling to quit smoking in youth films

Editors | Truth Initiative (7 Apr 2016)
'We should not allow movies to be advertising vehicles for big tobacco,' said Truth CEO Robin Koval. Read more...

Toronto event's stark message: Smoking on screen kills in real life

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. Read more...