California's anti-smoking lobby wants Hollywood to give up cigarettes. But what's so wrong with stars who light up the screen?
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Times Colonist (British Columbia)
Smoking portrayed on movie screens had considerable influence in persuading people to smoke. The message was overt and powerful — cool, sophisticated, tough, savvy people smoked.
Univ. of Toronto News
An Ontario 18A rating for all movies with smoking would avert more than 30,000 tobacco-related deaths and save more than half a billion dollars in healthcare costs, University of Toronto public health researchers say.
Orlando Sun Times
While the rule holds strong for films that Disney produces, the same rules do not apply to films that the company distributes.
'Tobacco in youth-rated movies is an unnecessary liability. This crisis in an opportunity for the company to demonstrate its leadership and its commitment to health.'
As You Sow
For the first time, shareholders will be informed that the company's products are putting millions of children at risk.