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.
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The Washington Post
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
'We should not allow movies to be advertising vehicles for big tobacco,' said Truth CEO Robin Koval.
On eve of MTV Movie Awards, youth from Canada and the US join forces to call for smoke-free youth-rated movies.
NBC 4 Los Angeles
A nearly 60-page complaint filed by Timothy Forsyth accuses the film industry of ignoring scientific evidence linking big screen smoking to adolescent habits.
California's anti-smoking lobby wants Hollywood to give up cigarettes. But what's so wrong with stars who light up the screen?
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.
The New York Times
The dispute centers on a class-action complaint seeking to prevent films with tobacco imagery from receiving G, PG or PG-13 ratings.
Post and Courier
Jim Trasher, a public health expert at the University of South Carolina, says films that feature smoking cause adolescents to smoke.
The Hollywood Reporter
Lawsuit seeks an injunction where no films featuring tobacco imagery can be given "G," "PG" or "PG-13" ratings.
Vancouver (BC) Sun
Indeed, the World Health Organization in early February stated that onscreen smoking prompts more than a third of young people who smoke to do so.
Courthouse News Service
Saying 1 million young lives are at stake, a Bay Area activist filed a class action against six major movie studios and the Motion Picture Association of America to try to stop children from being exposed to tobacco products in movies.
The period film is rated PG-13, and one of the reasons for that is his character’s insistence on lighting up.
Complaint claims that instances of smoking in youth-related films, with certain exceptions, are negligent.
A father hit the Motion Picture Association of America and six of Hollywood's largest film studios with a proposed class action over including smoking scenes in movies rated suitable for children.
The Dolby Theatre will have a strict no smoking policy on Oscars night. This also applies to e-cigarettes and vaping will be banned from venue. Comes after Leonardo DiCaprio was spotted vaping at the SAG awards. The pictures prompted a backlash from the American Lung Association.
Adult rating would protect children from glamourisation of act.
Films that include smoking should receive higher age ratings and lose public subsidies, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Independent (UK)
Big Tobacco increasingly using films to market cigarettes to children, WHO warns.
Cigarette companies are turning to film industry to recruit next generation of smokers, warns World Health Organization.
Movies which contain smoking scenes or tobacco imagery "should be given an adult rating", the World Health Organization (WHO) announced in a new report, in a bid to remove the perceived glamour of the practice.
WHO is calling on governments to rate movies that portray tobacco use in a bid to prevent children and adolescents from starting to smoke cigarettes and use other forms of tobacco.
World Health Organisation called films 'last frontier' of tobacco advertising.
Press Trust of India
Praising the pioneering legislative initiatives made by India and China in protecting non-smokers from smoking imagery in entertainment products, the WHO expert added that "much more needs to be done".
A veteran prop master explains what actors are really inhaling, puffing and snorting on screen.
The Rush Limbaugh Show
Now, you would think that if Hollywood was really serious about it, a bunch of liberals interested in public health, that they would not make any movies with anybody smoking. So what's up?
But only films from Argentina showed smoking on screen for a longer time frame than those from the United States.
Joanna Lumley, who will reprise the role of Patsy in next year's Absolutely Fabulous movie, said, 'The smoking will be interesting as people are very serious about it now.'
Tobacco in movies is "surely a perverse testimony to the power of product integration on screens both big and ever smaller."
We now know that protecting kids from the influence of smoking in movies today is a key to preventing them from becoming smokers tomorrow.