Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: Jul 25, 2016 by jpolansky

On 23 July 2016, Scott Simon, anchor of NPR's Weekend All Things Considered, asked film historian David Thompson if he thought R-rating future movies for smoking might "get in the way of filmmakers doing an honest job of telling a story." Thompson brought up Now, Voyager, a 1942 Warner Bros. film starring Bette Davis and Paul Henreid:

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Posted: Jul 15, 2016 by SGlantz

Today the plaintiffs responded to the motion to dismiss in the national class lawsuit filed against the MPAA, the studios that control it, and the National Association of Theater Owners for fraud on the grounds that they certify films with smoking as "appropriate for children" despite knowing that smoking in movies causes kids to smoke. 
 
The brief is all legal arguments, but it contains some great examples of statements that the MPAA made defending the unique...

Posted: Jul 14, 2016 by SGlantz

Jonathan Polansky and I just published “Tobacco product placement and its reporting to the Federal Trade Commission” through the University of California eScholarship initiative. This report compares the product placement activities by the cigarette companies between 1978 and 1994 that are discussed in the companies’ internal correspondence with what they reported to the US Federal Trade Commission. We...

Posted: Jul 6, 2016 by jpolansky

Kids copy what they see. Keep their movie smoke-free! — That's the new public service message posted on YouTube by the Ontario Coalition for Smoke-Free Movies and the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Education & Advocacy Team (HEAT).

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Posted: Jun 1, 2016 by jpolansky

Since 2007, the Motion Picture Association of America's rating system has labeled a small fraction (11%) of all the US top-grossing, youth-rated movies with tobacco. This week's rating bulletin recently announced two more films labeled for smoking:

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Posted: May 23, 2016 by jpolansky

Four major US media companies are tied into Vice Media Inc., a 'global youth culture' brand that works for Philip Morris International (PMI).

In March 2016, the Financial Times’ Matthew Garrahan...

Posted: May 5, 2016 by SGlantz

On Saturday, 9 April 2016, the eve of the MTV Movie Awards, kids from Canada and the US joined forces to call for smokefree youth-rated movies (press release).

Jointly organized by the...

Posted: Apr 30, 2016 by SGlantz

That’s what Hollywood's attorneys are apparently asking a judge to decide. It’s the film industry’s first official response to the national class-action lawsuit filed against the MPAA and its member companies in March.

Read a summary of their legal logic in the entertainment industry trade journal...

Posted: Apr 29, 2016 by jpolansky

Fox's new promotional trailer for 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,' hitting theaters in July 2016, shows London fashionista Patsy lighting up a Rothmans cigarette — while coyly covering up the UK health warning on the front of the box.

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Posted: Apr 28, 2016 by jpolansky
 
Disney has announced that Emma Stone will star as a young Cruella de Vil, confirming leaks first reported by The Hollywood Reporter in January. 
 
In 'Cruella', Stone will recap the early years of the puppy-napping fashionista with two-tone hair, a sleek Bugatti and the longest cigarette holder in Mayfair.
 
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