Smokefree Movies Blog

Oct 21, 2020 jono

Physician examining at chest X-rayAs You Sow, one of our partners in the Smokefree Movies project, is releasing a new report on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 at 2 pm ET / 11 am PT: 

Smoke & Mirrors: Healthcare company...

Oct 5, 2020 jono

Attorneys General challenge Hollywood talent to keep kids out of Big Tobacco's handsOn October 5, 2020, forty-three Attorneys General asked Hollywood's producers, directors, writers, actors and crew to...

Sep 1, 2020 jono

Perfect storm: TV recruits more vapers, vapers more likely to contract COVID-19

On September 1, Truth Initiative reported that smoking pervaded...

Aug 18, 2020 jono

Young man adjusting mask

The big movie studios are starting to make films againtaking over entire hotels in countries with fewer infections...

Jun 24, 2020 jono

In July 2019, TV-14 rated Stranger Things' latest season debuted on Netflix with smoking and tobacco brands throughout. After widespread criticism, Netflix pledged to keep smoking out of its future kid-rated original movies and TV shows — but it has never put the policy on paper.

Now, Netflix's policy will be tested by a new TV series it just...

Jun 18, 2020 jono

And…we have liftoff with rocket image

In the first two weeks of June 2020, the Smokefree Movies R-rating petition more than doubled the number of signers from 16,000 to 38,000.

The public petition demands an R-rating...

May 27, 2020 jono

In the midst of an epidemic, serve Big Tobacco or save kids' lives. A simple choice...Streaming technologies have exploded Hollywood's old business models. The COVID-19 pandemic, as of spring 2020, has halted studio production and distribution in the US and Europe.


May 21, 2020 jono

Cathy Rowan of Maryknoll Sisters has a question for Netflix CEO Reed Hastings

Locking down doesn't mean falling silent.

In this YouTube video, Cathy...

May 13, 2020 jono

Who's the hero now? A smoking character in 2020's Superman movie on DC Universe

The Motion Picture Association (MPA) today issued this age-rating for a home video release:

SUPERMAN: MAN OF TOMORROW — Rated PG-13 for violence, some bloody...

Apr 28, 2020 jono

How much toxic tobacco should our kids stream in a national health crisis?

In the first month of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, in March 2020, the US audience for streaming (VOD) channels grew by 50-60%,...