Smokefree Movies Blog

Jun 1, 2017 sfm_admin

Spotlight on 2016 films with smoking

The latest annual report on tobacco in movies finds that the US film industry failed to keep up the progress it made toward smokefree films from 2005 to 2010.

Despite every major studio publishing a policy addressing onscreen smoking, tobacco incidents have...

May 26, 2017 sfm_admin

Netflix should worry. In a May 22, 2017 interview, Barry Sonnenfeld, who produces the popular children's series A Series of Unfortunate Events for Netflix, talked about the company's complacent approach:

I was very worried with the last book we did, The Miserable the last two episodes of the first season. The villain, Sir [Don Johnson], smokes...

Apr 24, 2017 sfm_admin

Forty percent of films in the first quarter of 2017 featured tobacco imagery

Forty percent of top-grossing, youth-rated films released by the US film industry in the first three months of 2017 featured smoking: one in seven PG films and seven of thirteen PG-13 films. 

  • Three-quarters of the films were released by major studios....
Apr 12, 2017 SGlantz

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, youth advocates from Canada and the U.S. teamed up to tell Hollywood, their elected officials, and the people of Toronto that they are no fool to the dangers of smoking in movies.  

Jointly organized by the Ontario Coalition for Smoke Free Movies and Reality Check New York, 150 young people, warmly wrapped in gray scarves, hit the streets around Toronto Metro...

Mar 29, 2017 jono

Studio crowns are passed around in Hollywood

Since December 2016, half of the major film studios — all MPAA members — have named new top execs:

Mar 15, 2017 SGlantz

From the poster for Churchill, the movie, opening June 2, 2017

The latest MPAA rating bulletin lists two upcoming PG-rated films with “smoking” descriptors. In effect, this tag suggests that smoking in children's movies is appropriate.  

CHURCHILL | "Rated PG for thematic elements, brief war images, historical smoking...

Mar 7, 2017 SGlantz

There will be a session on Smokefree Movies, Smokefree Movies and Entertainment Media: Progress and Challenges, in the Youth track at the National Conference on Tobacco or Health in Austin, TX.

Time:  Friday March 24

Time: 9:00 am to 10:15 am

Place: Room 11A




Mar 7, 2017 SGlantz

Trinity Health continues to build momentum for Smoke Free Movies following their Smoke Free Movies Week of Action campaign, which was launched at the end of February just in time for Oscars week.

Since its launch, the campaign has netted nearly 800 advocates from across the country who have sent out almost 4,900 messages via email and Twitter to the top five movie studios and the Motion Picture Association of America urging them to R-rate any movie that depicts smoking.

Now, we...

Mar 3, 2017 jono

The Canadian government is inviting public comment as it develops plans to drive smoking levels down to 5% or lower by 2035. However, the scope makes no mention of getting smoking out of youth-rated movies — yet — even though smokefree movies are a key to smokefree kids. If you're in Canada, it's time to raise the smokefree movie flag.


Mar 1, 2017 SGlantz

Trinity Health, one of the largest Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, joined the Smokefree Movies effort to push for the R-rating and other Smokefree Movies policy goals. Seven hundred and fifty grassroots advocates from at least thirty-two Trinity Health organizations  in thirteen states sent 4,703 emails to executives at the top five major movie studios and the Motion Picture Association of America  in the week leading up to the Oscars, February 26, 2017. The ministries...