Smokefree Movies Blog

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...

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...

Posted: Jul 17, 2018 by SGlantz

Petition has momentum | The MPAA, which runs the film ratings in Hollywood, likes to suggest that parents don't care about tobacco on screen. But the R-rating petition, set up on Change.org just six weeks ago, already has...

Posted: Jul 3, 2018 by jpolansky

JULY 2, 2018 —In a first for any U.S. legislative body, the California State Senate on a 24-8 vote approved a resolution pressing the state's $11 billion film industry to R-rate almost all future movies with tobacco imagery.

The advisory...

Posted: Jun 25, 2018 by SGlantz

On Friday, June 22, MPAA chief Charles Rivkin responded, on deadline, to questions about the R-rating for tobacco raised by seven U.S. Senators on June 4, 2018.

As expected, the MPAA...

Posted: Jun 18, 2018 by jpolansky

After an 18-month delay and a lawsuit by the U.S. Department if Justice, cable giant AT&T bought Warner Bros., HBO and Turner from Time Warner this week.

In acquiring Warner Bros, AT&T not only secured a pipeline to future movies for its cable and online...