Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: May 21, 2015 by SGlantz

Opening this week in the US, When Marnie Was There (PG rated for "thematic elements and smoking") is an animated feature financed by Japan advertising giant Dentsu, the agency for Japan Tobacco. 

The film is distributed in the US by Gkids, an independent that releases films from Studio Ghibli, a renowned animation company in Tokyo. Gkids founded and produces New York’s annual International Children’s Film Festival. 2015 festival sponsors include the Academy of Motion Picture...

Posted: May 9, 2015 by SGlantz

This week a new comedy staring James Marsden and Jack Black opened.  The review of the movie in the San Francisco Chronicle  included a still from the movie clearly showing Marsden smoking a cigarette (top photo) but the ads for the movie and its official website show the same image (albiet with some...

Posted: May 5, 2015 by SGlantz

Our next Smokefree Movies ad that is running May 6 in The Hollywood Reporter and May 12 in Variety lists some of the most bankable names in Hollywood, along with prominent producers and directors, who are responsible for the most smoking in movies.

You can see the ad on the new Smokefree Movies web site here.

Go to ...

Posted: Apr 25, 2015 by SGlantz

On April 22, 2015, Vivek H. Murthy took the oath of office to serve as US Surgeon General for the next four years.  His wide-ranging speech dealt with several aspects of tobacco control, including announcing that, “I want 100% tobacco-free campuses at every college and university in America. We’re already one-quarter of the way there. We in the federal government should lead by example, making our federal campuses – and over one million units of public housing – tobacco-free, too.”


Posted: Apr 23, 2015 by SGlantz

Jonathan R. Polansky, Kori Titus, Renata Atayeva, and I just released our analysis of smoking in 2014 films. The full report is available at


From 2002 to 2014, the share of youth-rated (G/PG/PG-13) films with tobacco imagery fell by nearly half, from 68% to 36%. However, almost half of PG-13 films still featured tobacco imagery in 2014. There has been no...

Posted: Apr 13, 2015 by SGlantz

In mid-June, Time Warner (who owns Warner Bros) will become the first major movie studio to hold a shareholder vote on a Smoke Free
Movies proposal. As soon as Time Warner’s proxy ballot is released in late April, every share of stock in the company becomes one vote. At Time Warner’s annual meeting of shareholders in mid-June, there will be a presentation about the proposal, and the company will announce preliminary vote totals. This historic vote comes...

Posted: Mar 23, 2015 by SGlantz

After the exchange between Professor Stanton Glantz and Disney CEO Bob Iger in which Mr. Iger said that the studios did not control MPAA ratings policy, the four health groups that last met with the MPAA wrote Iger confirming to him that the MPAA had said that the studios are the policymakers. The MPAA just implements the policy.

Disney, along with the 5 other major studios, make up the MPAA Board of Directors.

Here is their letter:

March 18, 2015

Robert Iger...

Posted: Mar 14, 2015 by SGlantz

At the shareholders' meeting, Mr. Iger said, "we are extending our policy to prohibit smoking in movies across the board, Marvel, Lucas, Pixar, Disney films...". This list does not include Touchstone, which is the Disney brand that has released most of the Disney movies with smoking.

First, we need to clarify whether this was just an inadvertent omission and that the policy will include all Disney brands (i.e., across the board) or whether it just applies to the bands that Iger...

Posted: Mar 13, 2015 by SGlantz

It's worth carefully reading what Disney CEO Bob Iger and their General Counsel said about smoking in movies and the MPAA at their annual meeting:

The Walt Disney Company Annual Meeting, San Francisco, March 12, 2015

Official audio recording available at

(Time 53 min: 12 sec) Gina Intinarelli: My name is Gina [Intinarelli-]...

Posted: Mar 13, 2015 by SGlantz

Yesterday (March 12, 2015) Dr. Gina Intinarelli, a cardiothoracic nurse from UCSF and I attended the Walt Disney Corp.  annual meeting.   During the question and answer period, Gina told Disney CEO and Chairman of the Board Robert Iger of the thousands of patients with heart disease and cancer she had care for, that virtually all of these people started smoking as kids, and that the US Surgeon General had concluded that exposure to smoking onscreen caused kids to start smoking.  She pointed...