Smokefree Movies Blog

Aug 16, 2018 jono

Top 10 films for the week

2018’s brightest development, so far, is that half of the studios making up the MPAA—Disney, Sony and Paramount (Viacom)—have kept all their youth-rated films 100 percent smokefree since January. Each company has achieved a smokefree or near-smokefree year before, but this is the first...

Aug 1, 2018 jono

A direct appeal to Leonardo DiCaprio, an actor often seen smoking

Among the hundreds of actors and extras directed to smoke on screen over the past fifteen years, twenty qualify as the smokiest actors in Hollywood.

This small group accounts for more than 130 top-grossing films with smoking — mostly kid-rated PG-13...

Jul 17, 2018 SGlantz

Sign the petition to keep smoking out of the movies that kids see most.

Petition has momentum | The MPAA, which runs the film ratings in Hollywood, likes to suggest that parents don't care about tobacco on screen. But the ...

Jul 3, 2018 jono

It's not right to shout "Smoke!" in a crowded theater.

JULY 2, 2018 —In a first for any U.S. legislative body, the California State Senate on a 24-8 vote approved a resolution pressing the state's $11 billion film industry...

Jun 25, 2018 SGlantz

The MPAA strikes out

On Friday, June 22, MPAA chief Charles Rivkin responded, on deadline, to questions about the R-rating for tobacco raised by seven U.S. Senators on June 4...

Jun 18, 2018 jono

Everyone who buys a movie studio finds a few surprises

After an 18-month delay and a lawsuit by the U.S. Department if Justice, cable giant AT&T bought Warner Bros., HBO and Turner from Time Warner this week.

In acquiring Warner Bros, AT&...

Jun 7, 2018 SGlantz

Senate Concurrent Resolution 143 passed the California State Senate Health Committee on June 6, 2018 on a vote of 6-0  (5 Dems, 1 Rep).

 SCR 143, authored by Senator Richard Pan, urges the major motion picture companies and...

Jun 4, 2018 SGlantz

Film industry readies smoke and mirrors.On June 4, 2018, seven US Senators led by Edward J. Markey (D-MA) wrote a letter to MPAA chief Charles Rivkin asking for real action to “minimize" smoking in...

May 21, 2018 jono

Sign the petition!

May 21, 2018 | Smokefree Movies launched a first-ever petition to win the R-rating for movies with smoking from the trade groups that make the rating rules: the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the National Association of Theatre...

May 14, 2018 jono

Hollywood's wake-up call

A one-year deadline set by major US public health and medical organizations for the film industry to implement the R-rating for tobacco imagery will expire on June 1, 2018.

The groups set the deadline in reaction to the...