Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: Dec 23, 2018 by SGlantz

On November 5, 2018, Christopher Ferguson and colleagues published ‘Movie Smoking and Teen Smoking Behavior: A Critical Methodological and Meta-Analytic Review” in Psychology of Popular Media Culture. The paper argues that the conclusions of the US Surgeon General and National Cancer Institute,...

Posted: Dec 18, 2018 by SGlantz

Green Book is a biopic about the unlikely friendship that develops between Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a bouncer from the Bronx, and his employer, the pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), on a 1962 concert tour in the deep south. ("The Negro Motorist Green Book...

Posted: Dec 18, 2018 by SGlantz

On December 17, 2018, Smokefree Movies ran its 128th ad in Variety and Hollywood Reporter reminding the studios and multinational tobacco companies that own them that they have known for 17 years that onscreen smoking hooks kids on tobacco, one third of who die early as a result.

While we have made progress – onscreen smoking is still well below its 2005 peak – but the studios...

Posted: Nov 20, 2018 by jpolansky

AT&T's purchase of Time Warner may not be complete until 2019, but the phone giant has already set up a new WarnerMedia division under CEO John Stankey to run Warner Bros. and New Line, Warner Bros. Television and HBO.

In September 2018, we visited WarnerMedia's new web site and noted that ...

Posted: Oct 16, 2018 by jpolansky

A team of US researchers report that forty-four percent of the most popular hip-hop videos between 2013 and 2017 featured smoking or use of vapor products — up from thirty percent of rap videos in 1997. 

Brand display in the videos that showed combustible tobacco products grew from zero in 2013 to ten percent five years later. One in four videos showing an electronic product displayed brand names in 2013; by 2017, eighty-eight percent also showed the brands.  ...

Posted: Sep 4, 2018 by jpolansky

The twenty smokiest producers in Hollywood:

• made 294 top-grossing films with smoking in the past 15 years

• made sure that 70% of these smoking films were youth-rated

• filled their films with 10,800 tobacco...

Posted: Aug 29, 2018 by jpolansky

We hoped to see 10,000 people sign the #RateSmokingR petition by the end of August.

And we did it. See the...

Posted: Aug 22, 2018 by SGlantz

After breezing through the California State Senate, a resolution recommending that Hollywood stop recruiting millions of kids to smoke was smothered in an Assembly Committee on Tuesday — just one vote shy of escaping onto the Assembly floor and winning a quick victory for California families.

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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 the same time.

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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...