Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: Jan 5, 2017 by SGlantz

Stuart Kriesman, a Canadian physican, recently published an excellent column making the case that Carrie Fisher's smoking contributed to her early heart attack death.  (Most people don't know that smoking causes heart attacks.) 

He ends with, "Most importantly, recruit Hollywood’s help and take control of smoking’s image — show that it truly is not cool, but instead, a never-ending beauty-and-health-destroying, poverty-inducing, pathophysiological battle against nicotine withdrawal...

Posted: Jan 4, 2017 by SGlantz

Disney’s upcoming PG-rated musical film — NEWSIES — includes “smoking images,” reports the MPAA’s latest rating bulletin.

In June 2015, Disney updated its policy on “Smoking in Movies” to state:

• Disney has determined not to depict cigarette smoking in movies produced by it after 2015 (2007 in the case of Disney branded movies) and distributed under the Disney, Pixar...

Posted: Jan 4, 2017 by SGlantz

Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) have filed a shareholder proposal at Time Warner for inclusion in the company’s 2017 proxy statement, asking the company to report on how the company will assure shareholders that its polices and practices are advancing and not undermining the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs, also know as the “Global Goals” were adopted unanimously by 193 governments and are aimed to end poverty,...

Posted: Nov 18, 2016 by jono

It took some time for the news to make it here from Australia, but the Daily Mail reports that  Ryan Gosling — star of The Nice Guys (R, Time Warner) — told a Sydney radio show that "I smoked myself out" in the film and "never want another cigarette again!"


Posted: Nov 15, 2016 by SGlantz

Last week, US District Judge Richard Seeborg ruled against the plaintiffs in the national class action lawsuit that claimed that the MPAA ratings were a form of commercial speech that did not warrant First Amendment protections.

The MPAA, studios and theaters argued successfully that the movie ratings were “opinions” and not subject to restrictions on commercial speech that were designed to protect the public...

Posted: Oct 30, 2016 by SGlantz

The first hearing on Forsyth v. MPAA et al. —  the class action lawsuit alleging that the MPAA, member studios, and NATO's ratings system defrauds parents by giving movies with smoking PG or PG-13 ratings — took place in federal court on Friday, October 28, in federal court in San Francisco. 

The hearing was on the defendants’ motion to dismiss the suit. As summarized in...

Posted: Oct 10, 2016 by SGlantz

An ad summing up the five Smokefree Movies policy goals – (1) R rating films with smoking (with two limited exceptions), (2) Certification of no payoffs for smoking, (3) Require anti-smoking ads, (4) Stop identifying brands, and (5) End subsidies for movies with smoking – is running in Variety and Hollywood Reporter tomorrow, October 11, 2016.

This ad, together with earlier ads on the...

Posted: Oct 2, 2016 by SGlantz

Every two years, 180 nations meet for the Conference of the Parties (COP) to review progress and problems in implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and develop new guidelines and protocols.

Implementing guidelines for FCTC Article 13 (Advertising and Promotion) consider smoking in movies —paid-...

Posted: Sep 23, 2016 by SGlantz

The hearing, previously scheduled for October 27, has been moved to October 28, 2016, at 1:30 pm in Federal Court in San Francisco.

Learn more about the case here.

Posted: Sep 22, 2016 by jono

Baby can breathe easier. The latest Bridget Jones episode, Bridget Jones's Baby (R, Comcast, 2016), is smokefree. That's a sharp change from 2004's Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, when Renee Zellweger and seven smoking co-stars delivered 570 million tobacco impressions to domestic moviegoers.