Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: Apr 10, 2019 by jono

An annual public health survey of top-grossing US movies, released today, reports that most major movie studios have dramatically cut back on smoking in their kid-rated movies in the past two decades. Against the tide, only Comcast’s Universal and Fox (now owned by Disney) are pushing more tobacco imagery proven to recruit kids to smoke.

Breathe California and the University of California, San Francisco, also report that nearly three-quarters of smoking...

Posted: Mar 21, 2019 by jono

Disney owes parents and kids an answer | The Walt Disney Company completed its buy-out of Twentieth Century Fox this week. The $71.3 billion deal includes the Fox and Fox Searchlight film labels. Many top Fox film executives crossed over to Disney. And Disney — which has the toughest smokefree policy in Hollywood — also won Fox’s enormous library of movies with smoking. 

In 2018 and again in early 2019, socially-responsible investors...

Posted: Mar 14, 2019 by jono

Kids may pay the price for Big Media's merger frenzy. Here's what's coming:

Wednesday, March 20 | Disney completes its acquisition of Fox. Disney plans to launch its own streaming service by the end of 2019. Investors have raised serious concerns about how Disney will market recent Fox films with smoking and asked Disney if it will bring Fox and its Fox Searchlight film label under Disney’s current no-...

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...

Posted: Dec 18, 2018 by SGlantz

Ali and Mortensen in Green Book (2018)

Green Book is a biopic about the unlikely friendship that develops between Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a bouncer from the...

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 still have not...

Posted: Nov 20, 2018 by jono

AT&T's leaky policy risks kids and a company 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,...

Posted: Oct 16, 2018 by jono

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...

Posted: Sep 4, 2018 by jono

You know that cliche about movie producers blowing smoke?

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...

Posted: Aug 29, 2018 by jono

You have kids. You don't want them to smoke.

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

And we...

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