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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.

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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.

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Posted: Jan 27, 2018 by SGlantz

Philip Morris International is promoting IQOS, its new “heat not burn” tobacco product, all over the world, including in Japan, as a healthier alternative to cigarettes.

A 2017 scientific paper...

Posted: Jan 11, 2018 by sfm_admin

Unless things change in Ontario, Canada, onscreen smoking will recruit 185,000 kids to smoke. Now legislators want their film rating agency to take action.

So far, through December 2017, fourteen parliamentarians from Ontario's three major...

Posted: Jan 9, 2018 by SGlantz

Smokefree Movies’ partner As You Sow has a great free online tool, Tobacco Free Funds, that tells you if your retirement account is funding cigarettes or tobacco-filled movies. As You...

Posted: Jan 9, 2018 by jpolansky

In December 2017, Disney announced that it would buy 21st Century Fox's film studio and some TV divisions. While the deal may not close for another year, both Wall Street and public health experts are asking what Disney will look like after the...

Posted: Oct 29, 2017 by jpolansky

Battle of the Sexes (Fox, PG-13) spotlights a struggle for gender equality on the pro tennis circuit and a much-hyped 1973 tennis match between women's champion Billie Jean King and hustler Bobbie Riggs. The film also touches on tobacco giant Philip Morris' sponsorship of...

Posted: Oct 16, 2017 by SGlantz

In early 2017, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care established the Executive Steering Committee for the Modernization of Smoke-Free Ontario to “make recommendations that are: grounded in evidence and best practices, culturally appropriate, responsive to priority issues, and aligned with the government’s strategic vision and priorities” to “form the basis for a new Smoke-Free Ontario...

Posted: Oct 3, 2017 by jpolansky

Do you know where your money is? On October 3, 2017, San Francisco-based nonprofit As You Sow released Tobacco Free Funds, a free online tool that uncovers how much of your retirement portfolio is invested in the tobacco industry and media companies that push tobacco at kids.

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Posted: Sep 12, 2017 by jpolansky

Johnny Depp ignited the first Hollywood e-cigarette in The Tourist (Sony, PG-13) in late 2010. Since then, nearly two dozen films grossing just under $1 billion at the domestic box office have depicted e-cigs (see table).

Major studio...