Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: Apr 25, 2018 by jpolansky

Investors with more than half a trillion dollars under management have asked The Walt Disney Company to protect young audiences from hundreds of Fox films with smoking that Disney will receive in its planned takeover of Fox assets.

Investors listed their concerns in a...

Posted: Apr 16, 2018 by jpolansky

On April 15, 2018, public health experts in the UK sent the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology a strong reminder that the biggest media risk to kids is tobacco imagery that recruits and addicts millions of new, young smokers.

Along with the latest research evidence of tobacco's persistent harm to the nation's young...

Posted: Mar 16, 2018 by jpolansky

A new report from Truth Initiative (Washington, DC) finds nearly 80 percent of TV shows with the most young viewers showcase smoking.

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Posted: Mar 11, 2018 by jpolansky

The latest UCSF-Breathe California annual report on smoking in US top-grossing films finds backsliding, not progress:

 PG-13 films with tobacco | 50% in 2017, the largest share since 2009

Tobacco...

Posted: Feb 18, 2018 by jpolansky

Allison Janney is nominated for best supporting actress for her role as figure skater Tonya Harding's abusive mother in "I, Tonya."

While the film is based on real events, the chain-smoking LaVona Golden could not be located before production began, says Janney. So she and a bird improvised some major character details — including emphysema.

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Posted: Feb 7, 2018 by jpolansky

The Oscars are coming Sunday, March 4, 2018. And you have more reason than ever to watch: a tobacco explosion in Oscar-nominated films.

86 percent of this year's films listed in major categories feature smoking, up from 60 percent four years ago.

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Posted: Jan 27, 2018 by SGlantz

Philip Morris International is promoting IQOS, its new “heat not burn” tobacco product, all over the world, including in Japan, as a healthier alternative to cigarettes.

A 2017 scientific paper...

Posted: Jan 11, 2018 by sfm_admin

Unless things change in Ontario, Canada, onscreen smoking will recruit 185,000 kids to smoke. Now legislators want their film rating agency to take action.

So far, through December 2017, fourteen parliamentarians from Ontario's three major...

Posted: Jan 9, 2018 by SGlantz

Smokefree Movies’ partner As You Sow has a great free online tool, Tobacco Free Funds, that tells you if your retirement account is funding cigarettes or tobacco-filled movies. As You...

Posted: Jan 9, 2018 by jpolansky

In December 2017, Disney announced that it would buy 21st Century Fox's film studio and some TV divisions. While the deal may not close for another year, both Wall Street and public health experts are...