Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: Aug 27, 2017 by jpolansky

On Friday 25 August 2017, seventeen leading U.S. health organizations demanded that the six US media companies whose major studios govern the film rating system implement the R-rating for tobacco imagery by 1 June 2018. Excerpts:

If the [film] industry had simply continued reducing tobacco...
Posted: Aug 13, 2017 by jpolansky

1) Media coverage continues to be impressive. But over the years, it has been ten times easier to get coverage from major newspapers and magazines than from the major media companies' broadcast networks or affiliate stations. (See SFM News archive)...

Posted: Jul 28, 2017 by jpolansky

We've gotten anecdotal reports of more smoking in TV shows, but a shocker from Truth Initiative® reports that all but one of this year's drama or comedy series nominated for Emmy Awards feature smoking.

High-...

Posted: Jul 13, 2017 by jpolansky

The CDC's latest report on smoking in movies, released 6 July 2017, sparked coverage by media outlets from the BBC (UK) to Xinhua (China).

Original stories ran on CNN and in the Daily Mail (UK), Los Angeles Times, The...

Posted: Jul 5, 2017 by sfm_admin
Hollywood studios made progress against on-screen smoking before 2010 but then stalled, the CDC reports in its journal of public health threats, MMWR (6 July 2017). "Had the trend established from 2005 to 2010 continued, all youth-rated films would have been smokefree by 2015," the CDC observes.         

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Posted: Jun 8, 2017 by sfm_admin

On June 6, 2017 Sony announced it is bundling "clean" versions of movies with the original "rated" versions sold through iTunes, Vudu and FandangoNow. Sony explains:

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Posted: Jun 5, 2017 by sfm_admin

In a two-page statement published in The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, Smokefree Movies’ national partners demand that the Motion Picture Association of America R-rate any movie with smoking submitted for a film rating after June 1, 2018.

The partners’ statement reviews the 15-year history of policy advocacy for the R-rating...

Posted: Jun 1, 2017 by sfm_admin

The latest annual report on tobacco in movies finds that the US film industry failed to keep up the progress it made toward smokefree films from 2005 to 2010.

Despite every major studio publishing a policy addressing onscreen smoking, tobacco incidents have not declined since 2011. If studios had simply kept up their earlier pace, all kid-...

Posted: May 26, 2017 by sfm_admin

Netflix should worry. In a May 22, 2017 interview, Barry Sonnenfeld, who produces the popular children's series A Series of Unfortunate Events for Netflix, talked about the company's complacent approach:

I was very worried with the last book we did, The Miserable Mill...in the last two episodes of the first season. The villain, Sir [Don...

Posted: Apr 24, 2017 by sfm_admin

Forty percent of top-grossing, youth-rated films released by the US film industry in the first three months of 2017 featured smoking: one in seven PG films and seven of thirteen PG-13 films. 

  • Three-quarters of the films were released by major studios. Viacom's Paramount...