Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: Jul 13, 2017 by jpolansky

The CDC's latest report on smoking in movies, released 6 July 2017, sparked coverage by media outlets from the BBC (UK) to Xinhua (China).

Original stories ran on CNN and in the Daily Mail (UK), Los Angeles Times, The...

Posted: Jul 5, 2017 by sfm_admin
Hollywood studios made progress against on-screen smoking before 2010 but then stalled, the CDC reports in its journal of public health threats, MMWR (6 July 2017). "Had the trend established from 2005 to 2010 continued, all youth-rated films would have been smokefree by 2015," the CDC observes.         

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Posted: Jun 8, 2017 by sfm_admin

On June 6, 2017 Sony announced it is bundling "clean" versions of movies with the original "rated" versions sold through iTunes, Vudu and FandangoNow. Sony explains:

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Posted: Jun 5, 2017 by sfm_admin

In a two-page statement published in The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, Smokefree Movies’ national partners demand that the Motion Picture Association of America R-rate any movie with smoking submitted for a film rating after June 1, 2018.

The partners’ statement reviews the 15-year history of policy advocacy for the R-rating...

Posted: Jun 1, 2017 by sfm_admin

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 not declined since 2011. If studios had simply kept up their earlier pace, all kid-...

Posted: May 26, 2017 by 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 Mill...in the last two episodes of the first season. The villain, Sir [Don...

Posted: Apr 24, 2017 by sfm_admin

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. Viacom's Paramount...
Posted: Apr 12, 2017 by 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...

Posted: Mar 29, 2017 by jpolansky

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

Posted: Mar 15, 2017 by SGlantz

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 throughout, and some language."

This $10 million, bio-based,...