Smokefree Movies Blog

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:


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.


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.
Posted: Apr 22, 2016 by jpolansky

The latest data on the film industry and tobacco finds that so-called independent film companies have more than tripled their share of youth-rated films with smoking: from 12 percent in 2005 to 39 percent in 2015.

As the chart below shows, the major studios, who own and are represented by the MPAA, reduced their kid-rated movies with smoking by 64 percent between 2005 and 2010, after which time the number of smoking films has stayed about constant. 

Meanwhile, the...

Posted: Apr 18, 2016 by SGlantz

In results released 1 April 2016, Canadian tobacco control groups found 79 percent of Ontario adults wanted to end smoking in movies rated 14A or lower (similar to US PG-13 and lower in the US). Seventy-seven percent opposed the display of tobacco brand logos in films. Two out of three adults backed an 18A rating for future films with tobacco.

Support for smokefree movie initiatives has grown since 2011, when the Paris-based public opinion pollster Ipsos last surveyed Ontario adults...

Posted: Mar 28, 2016 by jpolansky

On April 6, 2016, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the majority (59%) of PG-13 films showed smoking and other tobacco use between 2002 and 2015.

"Smoking in the Movies"—the CDC's annual report on the amount of onscreen smoking in movies as a "core surveillance indicator" of the nation's health—also concludes that R-rating future movies with smoking...

Posted: Mar 17, 2016 by SGlantz

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has labeled two upcoming PG-13 films with “smoking” descriptors.

• Dear Eleanor (Sony, PG-13 | Release TBA)

Rated PG-13 for some suggestive material and smoking.

Stars Jessica Alba, Josh Lucas, Liana Liberato, Isabelle Fuhrman. summary: "Two teenage girls travel across the U.S. in 1962, during the chaos of the Cuban missile crisis, in search of...