Smokefree Movies Blog

Jun 24, 2019 jono

Each year, tobacco prevention experts in China spotlight films and TV shows with the most smoking

The Chinese Association on Tobacco Control (Beijing) released the winners of its Dirty Ashtray...

Jun 19, 2019 jono

What makes Men in Black: International (PG-13, Sony) different from the three other films in the two-decade MIB franchise?

No Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones. No Barry Sonnenfeld as...

May 10, 2019 jono

Projected shadow lights a cigaretteThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted its latest Smoking in the Movies fact sheet online....

May 1, 2019 jono

They probably hope Congress will notice | The Motion Picture Association of America has added one of its rare “smoking” descriptors to a PG-rated Netflix documentary called Knock Down the House, about insurgent campaigns in the 2018 Congressional election.

Actually, the MPAA does more than note there's “smoking” in this movie — it's described...

Apr 30, 2019 jono

After disappearing from the screen in 2018, e-cigarettes are back — with a vengeance — in the 2019 PG-13 film After. Breathe California reports that four college-age characters use e-cigs fourteen times in this story of “self-discovery and sexual awakening" (Deadline).

The actors involved are:

  • Pia...
Apr 22, 2019 jono

The South Korea Ministry of Health and Welfare has found 50 percent or more of Korea's most popular TV dramas, movies and online animated shows feature tobacco imagery, Korea Times reports. The government's survey covered media releases between January 2017 and June 2018.

"Children and adolescents exposed to smoking scenes repeatedly are more likely to try smoking," a ministry official observed. "We...

Apr 17, 2019 jono

In a letter sent on April 15, 2019, three U.S. Senators — Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Edward Markey (D-MA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) — queried thirteen of America's largest media companies on how many of their films and TV shows featured toxic tobacco imagery in the past five years and asked each company to take a position on recommended policies to protect kids' health.

The Senators reminded traditional broadcast and film producers CBS, Comcast, Disney (owns Fox), Lionsgate, Sony, and...

Apr 15, 2019 SGlantz

Weeks after Disney completed its buy-out of Fox, Screen Daily reports how Disney will roll out its new Netflix-battling streaming service, Disney+:

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Apr 10, 2019 jono

An annual public health survey of top-grossing US movies, released today, reports that most major movie studios have dramatically cut back on smoking in their kid-rated movies in the past two decades. Against the tide, only Comcast’s Universal and Fox (now owned by Disney) are pushing more tobacco imagery proven to recruit kids to smoke.

Breathe California and the University of California, San Francisco, also report that nearly three-quarters of smoking...

Mar 27, 2019 jono

It turns out that a company in the UK sells a line of herbal cigarettes “made specifically for movie and theatre production needs.” 

No logos, no identifying bands. Just “ultra light tasting all white smokes” that keep actors, directors, producers, and studio executives away from secondhand tobacco smoke and addictive nicotine. 

Meanwhile, background actors (extras) smoking or working around these prop cigarettes are “bumped” another $14 a day, according to their SAG-AFTRA...

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