Smokefree Movies Blog

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...

Posted: Oct 29, 2017 by jpolansky

Tennis racket and ball

Battle of the Sexes (Fox, PG-13) spotlights a struggle for gender equality on the pro tennis circuit and a much-hyped 1973 tennis match between women's champion Billie Jean King and hustler Bobbie Riggs. The film also touches on tobacco giant Philip Morris' sponsorship of King and other players who...

Posted: Oct 16, 2017 by SGlantz

In early 2017, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care established the Executive Steering Committee for the Modernization of Smoke-Free Ontario to “make recommendations that are: grounded in evidence and best practices, culturally appropriate, responsive to priority issues, and aligned with the government’s strategic vision and priorities” to “form the...

Posted: Oct 3, 2017 by jpolansky

Do you know where your money is? On October 3, 2017, San Francisco-based nonprofit As You Sow released Tobacco Free Funds, a free online tool that uncovers how much of your retirement portfolio is invested in the tobacco industry and media companies...

Posted: Sep 12, 2017 by jpolansky

Johnny Depp ignited the first Hollywood e-cigarette in The Tourist (Sony, PG-13) in late 2010. Since then, nearly two dozen films grossing just under $1 billion at the domestic box office have depicted e-cigs (see table).

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Posted: Aug 27, 2017 by jpolansky

On Friday 25 August 2017, seventeen leading U.S. health organizations demanded that the six US media companies whose major studios govern the film rating system implement the R-rating for tobacco imagery by 1 June 2018. Excerpts:

If the [film] industry had simply continued reducing tobacco...
Posted: Aug 13, 2017 by jpolansky

1) Media coverage continues to be impressive. But over the years, it has been ten times easier to get coverage from major newspapers and magazines than from the major media companies' broadcast networks or affiliate stations. (See SFM News archive)...

Posted: Jul 28, 2017 by jpolansky

We've gotten anecdotal reports of more smoking in TV shows, but a shocker from Truth Initiative® reports that all but one of this year's drama or comedy series nominated for Emmy Awards feature smoking.

High-...