Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: Oct 1, 2015 by SGlantz

Add Norway to the list of countries where there is strong, consistent evidence that onscreen smoking in movies causes young people to smoke.

Gunnar Sæbo and Ingeborg Lund from the Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research, just published their paper, “Exposure to smoking in films and smoking behavior among Norwegian 15- to 20-year olds: A cross-sectional study,” which shows that,...

Posted: Sep 15, 2015 by SGlantz

Ontario, Canada's Coalition on Smoke-Free Movies is hosting a Twitter chat around the Toronto International Film Festival this week. Spread the word! The coalition is pushing adult ratings and anti-tobacco spots before movies with smoking. Just weeks ago, Ontario researchers...

Posted: Sep 10, 2015 by SGlantz

On 8 September, opening day of the Toronto International Film Festival, the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU) released a new report detailing the cost in lives and money when US movies with smoking are dumped into Canada’s youth market. 

DOWNLOAD: Youth Exposure to Tobacco in Movies in Ontario, Canada: 2004-...

Posted: Sep 1, 2015 by SGlantz

In collaboration with colleagues at the CDC Office on Smoking and Health and at UCSF, we just published “Protobacco Media Exposure and Youth Susceptibility to Smoking Cigarettes, Cigarette Experimentation, and Current Tobacco Use among US Youth,” in PLoS ONE.  This paper uses data from the 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey to concurrently examine the effects of a wide range of media influences...

Posted: Jul 17, 2015 by SGlantz

Since June 30, Comcast released two PG-13 films with smoking: Self/less and Terminator Genesys. This reduces the number of MPAA-member companies with 100% smokefree records for their 2015 youth-rated films from four to three: Disney, Time Warner and Viacom.

It is yet another example of why we need the R rating to protect...

Posted: Jul 17, 2015 by SGlantz

The one Disney film label unnamed in Disney’s policy update is Touchstone, which it uses to release PG-13 films from DreamWorks under a seven-year distribution agreement. Along with that agreement, Disney also maintains a $250 million loan facility for DreamWorks. In effect, then, Disney and DreamWorks enjoy a deal structure very common among the major studios: the...

Posted: Jul 8, 2015 by SGlantz

Kid-rated movies from four major studios — Disney, Paramount, Universal, and Warner Bros.  — were 100 percent smokefree in the first half of 2015, a record number of companies.

Smoking was down, but not out, at the two other MPAA member studios, Fox and Sony.

Overall, 28 percent of G, PG and PG-13 films featured tobacco imagery January through June, 2015, compared to 38 percent in the same period the year before. The average number of tobacco incidents in youth-rated films...

Posted: Jul 8, 2015 by SGlantz

On June 29, 2015, The Walt Disney Company released its updated policy on smoking in youth-rated movies, promised by CEO Robert Iger at the company’s annual meeting. 

At that March 12 meeting, a shareholder asked Mr. Iger if Disney would “commit to an iron-clad policy that your PG-13 and youth-rated movies never show smoking.” Mr. Iger responded:

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Posted: May 22, 2015 by SGlantz

Mad Men’s Betty Hofstadt may be one of only four screen characters in more than a decade to suffer serious harm from smoking. The others were on the big screen: Constantine (Keanu Reeves) in Constantine, Tim Donohue (Donald Sumpter) in The Constant Gardener, and Otis Blake (Jeff Bridges) in Crazy Heart.   

Four thousand different characters have smoked in 1,100 top-grossing movies since 2002. If only three of these film characters were...

Posted: May 21, 2015 by SGlantz

The CDC just released its annual update of its fact sheet on studio performance on smoking in movies; you can read it at http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/youth_data/movies....

Here is their overview:

  • Watching movies that include smoking causes young...