Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: Aug 16, 2018 by jpolansky

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 time three major studios have stayed smokefree at...

Posted: Aug 1, 2018 by jpolansky

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. Their films have delivered a total of 95 billion tobacco impressions to theater audiences of all...

Posted: Jul 17, 2018 by SGlantz

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 R-rating petition, set up on Change.org just six weeks ago, already has...

Posted: Jul 3, 2018 by jpolansky

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 to R-rate almost all future movies with tobacco imagery.

The advisory...

Posted: Jun 25, 2018 by SGlantz

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, 2018.

As expected, the MPAA...

Posted: Jun 18, 2018 by jpolansky

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&T not only secured a pipeline to future movies for its cable and online...

Posted: Jun 7, 2018 by 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 their trade association, the Motion Picture Association of America, to give an “R” (...

Posted: Jun 4, 2018 by SGlantz

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 youth-rated films, declaring:

Our nation's...

Posted: May 21, 2018 by jpolansky

May 21, 2018 | Smokefree Movies launched a first-ever Change.org 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 Owners (NATO).

Add your name to the petition and spread...

Posted: May 14, 2018 by jpolansky

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 US CDC's finding that...