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2016

'Anti-tobacco advisory should not be removed'

| The Hindu (3 Aug 2016)
India's former health minister opposes weakening tobacco warnings in films. Read more...

Anti-smoking message only at start of film?

Himanshi Dhawani | The Times of India (1 Aug 2016)
The Shyam Benegal committee has recommended scrapping the existing advisory and replacing it with a static visual at the beginning of the film. 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...

'I never want another cigarette again!' says Ryan Gosling...

Megan Pustetto | Daily Mail Australia (17 May 2016)
He 'smoked himself out' while filming The Nice Guys and admits he has now given up the habit for good. 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...

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...