Smokefree Movies Blog

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...

Mar 21, 2019 jono

Disney owes parents and kids an answer | The Walt Disney Company completed its buy-out of Twentieth Century Fox this week. The $71.3 billion deal includes the Fox and Fox Searchlight film labels. Many top Fox film executives crossed over to Disney. And Disney — which has the toughest smokefree policy in Hollywood — also won Fox’s enormous library of movies with smoking. 

In 2018 and again in early 2019, socially-responsible investors...

Mar 14, 2019 jono

Kids may pay the price for Big Media's merger frenzy. Here's what's coming:

Wednesday, March 20 | Disney completes its acquisition of Fox. Disney plans to launch its own streaming service by the end of 2019. Investors have raised serious concerns about how Disney will market recent Fox films with smoking and asked Disney if it will bring Fox and its Fox Searchlight film label under Disney’s current no-...

Dec 23, 2018 SGlantz

On November 5, 2018, Christopher Ferguson and colleagues published ‘Movie Smoking and Teen Smoking Behavior: A Critical Methodological and Meta-Analytic Review” in Psychology of Popular Media Culture. The paper argues that the conclusions of the US Surgeon General and National Cancer...

Dec 18, 2018 SGlantz

Ali and Mortensen in Green Book (2018)

Green Book is a biopic about the unlikely friendship that develops between Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a bouncer from the...

Dec 18, 2018 SGlantz

On December 17, 2018, Smokefree Movies ran its 128th ad in Variety and Hollywood Reporter reminding the studios and multinational tobacco companies that own them that they have known for 17 years that onscreen smoking hooks kids on tobacco, one third of who die early as a result.

While we have made progress – onscreen smoking is still well below its 2005 peak – but the studios still have not...

Nov 20, 2018 jono

AT&T's leaky policy risks kids and a company AT&T's purchase of Time Warner may not be complete until 2019, but the phone giant has already set up a new WarnerMedia division under CEO John Stankey to run Warner Bros. and New Line, Warner Bros. Television and HBO. In September 2018,...

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