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Posted: May 14, 2018 by jpolansky

A one-year deadline set by major US public health and medical organizations for the film industry to implement the R-rating for tobacco imagery will expire on June 1, 2018.

The groups set the deadline in reaction to the US CDC's finding that...

Posted: May 9, 2018 by jpolansky

On May 8, 2018, California State Sen. Richard Pan, MD (District 6) introduced a resolution calling on the state's film industry to rate future movies with smoking "R." 

California remains the world's leading producer of top-grossing movies with smoking. Since 2010, California has awarded more than $350 million in...

Posted: May 3, 2018 by jpolansky

We’ve been asked by some Smokefree Movies partners to explain who owns whom in the TV and film these days. At first, it seems confusing because the same names keep popping up all over the media landscape.

But if you think about it, that actually makes our behavior-change project easier. In the end, we’re only talking about a dozen large companies...

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 by SGlantz

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks onscreen smoking the same way that it tracks cholera outbreaks. Check out CDC's summary of kids' exposure to movie smoking, in 2017, on its latest Smoking in the Movies...

Posted: Apr 25, 2018 by jpolansky

Investors with more than half a trillion dollars under management have asked The Walt Disney Company to protect young audiences from hundreds of Fox films with smoking that Disney will receive in its planned takeover of Fox assets.

Investors listed their concerns in a...

Posted: Apr 16, 2018 by jpolansky

On April 15, 2018, public health experts in the UK sent the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology a strong reminder that the biggest media risk to kids is tobacco imagery that recruits and addicts millions of new, young smokers.

Along with the latest research evidence of tobacco's persistent harm to the nation's young...

Posted: Mar 16, 2018 by jpolansky

A new report from Truth Initiative (Washington, DC) finds nearly 80 percent of TV shows with the most young viewers showcase smoking.

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Posted: Mar 11, 2018 by jpolansky

The latest UCSF-Breathe California annual report on smoking in US top-grossing films finds backsliding, not progress:

 PG-13 films with tobacco | 50% in 2017, the largest share since 2009


Posted: Feb 18, 2018 by jpolansky

Allison Janney is nominated for best supporting actress for her role as figure skater Tonya Harding's abusive mother in "I, Tonya."

While the film is based on real events, the chain-smoking LaVona Golden could not be located before production began, says Janney. So she and a bird improvised some major character details — including emphysema.

Posted: Feb 7, 2018 by jpolansky

The Oscars are coming Sunday, March 4, 2018. And you have more reason than ever to watch: a tobacco explosion in Oscar-nominated films.

86 percent of this year's films listed in major categories feature smoking, up from 60 percent four years ago.