The CDC determined that giving an R rating to movies with tobacco content would prevent 1 million tobacco deaths among children and teens alive today.
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“Unless the film industry acts to keep smoking out of youth-rated movies, millions more will be influenced to smoke, resulting in tobacco-induced cancers, heart and lung disease, or stroke,” said American Academy of Pediatrics President Fernando Stein, M.D., FAAP.
"Easier access, coupled with a growing number of tobacco images in film, means more and more young people will be put at risk of a lifetime addiction, disease and possibly an early death," [American Heart Association president Nancy Brown] said in a news release.
San Jose Mercury News
The report suggests that public subsidies should not go to support ... movies that portray smoking.
I bet you've been watching your favorite TV show, and at some point thought to yourself...."Wow. They smoke a lot on this show. How...unhealthy." But really, those probably aren't real cigarettes.
While Hollywood has reduced smoking in films aimed at younger audiences, parents can't be certain kids won't be exposed to onscreen cigarette or cigar puffing, even with PG-rated or animated movies.
Video clip: The day before the 2017 Oscars, CTV Toronto interviews Ontario Coalition for Smokefree Movies' Chris Yacatto and Tracy McCharles, Ontario's Minister of Consumer Services, whose agency overseas the film ratings.
Just a few days before the 89th Academy Awards are handed out in Los Angeles, a group of students at David Thompson Secondary in Vancouver is calling out films and directors that, they say, are glamourizing smoking to young people.
Ontario Lung Association
The Oscars remind us that kids and teens in Ontario have a much higher exposure to onscreen tobacco imagery than those in the United States, due to different rating systems. This year, out of 15 Oscar nominations in major categories that show smoking, only two of them have an 18A rating in Ontario, while eight are rated R in the US.
Study recommends stronger enforcement of Indian rules that add anti-tobacco warnings to programming with tobacco imagery.
The Indian film and television industry has come out strongly against a WHO-sponsored study criticizing implementation of anti-tobacco messages on films and shows with smoking.
Cigarettes feature in all but one of James Bond's 24 movies filmed to date, new research has discovered. And despite kicking the habit in 2002 - before Daniel Craig took over - he continues to be exposed to second-hand smoke from his sexual partners, experts say.
Vancouver (BC) Sun
The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that...simple movie ratings changes could reduce the number of teen smokers by nearly one in five (18 per cent), and prevent one million deaths from smoking among U.S. children alive today. In Canada, the ratings systems are even worse, with 86 per cent of movies featuring tobacco use being youth-rated
The solution is an “R” rating for all movies that contain tobacco imagery. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that giving an “R” rating to future movies with tobacco would be expected to reduce the number of teen smokers by nearly one in five and prevent one million deaths from smoking among children alive today.
The Hollywood Reporter
A judge concludes that ratings are opinions, that misrepresentations haven't been made and that the proposed class action interferes with free speech.
The MPAA has a free speech right to assign a G, PG, or PG-13 rating to movies that depict tobacco use, a U.S. District Court has ruled — rejecting an argument that the practice is a form of commercial speech that dangerously encourages kids to smoke.
Courthouse News Service
A federal judge on Friday seemed skeptical of arguments that the motion picture industry misrepresents the content of films by not giving R ratings to all movies featuring tobacco smoking.
The Hollywood Reporter
MPAA members tell a judge that "PG," "PG-13" and other ratings don't represent seals of approval.
The MPAA has accused Thom of “academic malpractice,” stating that his study is so flawed that it not only tarnishes his own reputation but USC’s as well.
Hot topic for discussion as Toronto International Film Festival kicks off.
Activists on Tuesday opposed a recent proposal to do away with the static mandatory anti-tobacco message shown in movies and television serials when smoking scenes appear on the screen.
India's former health minister opposes weakening tobacco warnings in films.
The Times of India
The Shyam Benegal committee has recommended scrapping the existing advisory and replacing it with a static visual at the beginning of the film.
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.
The Wall Street Journal
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.
[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.
The Hollywood Reporter
Plaintiffs defend a lawsuit seeking an injunction where no films featuring tobacco imagery can be given G, PG or PG-13 ratings.
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.
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.
Daily Mail Australia
He 'smoked himself out' while filming The Nice Guys and admits he has now given up the habit for good.