Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: Mar 1, 2017 by SGlantz

Trinity Health, one of the largest Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, joined the Smokefree Movies effort to push for the R-rating and other Smokefree Movies policy goals. Seven hundred and fifty grassroots advocates from at least thirty-two Trinity Health organizations  in thirteen states sent 4,703 emails to executives at the top five major movie studios and the Motion Picture Association of America  in the week leading up to the Oscars, February 26, 2017. The...

Posted: Mar 1, 2017 by jpolansky

CTV News Toronto ran a story the day before the 2017 Oscars, describing the Ontario Coalition for Smokefree Movies campaign to win an 18A rating (equivalent to an R-rating in the US) for future movies with smoking.

The segment by CTV correspondent Paul Bliss...

Posted: Feb 23, 2017 by jpolansky

Between February 9 and February 20, movies hyped by Academy Award publicity delivered 50 million additional tobacco impressions to domestic movie audiences.

These 2016 films would have run their course already, if not for the added publicity of their Oscar listings.

  • Lion...
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 by SGlantz

Trinity Health will launch a National Smokefree Movies Week of Action, February 19 through February 26, the day of the Academy Awards are broadcast.

The campaign is designed to provide education and raise awareness around the issue of the depiction of smoking...

Posted: Feb 14, 2017 by SGlantz

Check it out here

There are lots more materials you can use in your own educational efforts available here.

Posted: Feb 6, 2017 by SGlantz

Only 20 percent of the actors nominated for Oscars® smoked in their roles, but 70 percent of Oscar-listed PG-13 films featured smoking. That's more than twice as many as the general run of PG-13 films last year.

Good news? Two of the Best Picture nominees, Hidden Figures and Manchester by the Sea, were 100 percent...

Posted: Jan 5, 2017 by SGlantz

Stuart Kriesman, a Canadian physican, recently published an excellent column making the case that Carrie Fisher's smoking contributed to her early heart attack death.  (Most people don't know that smoking causes heart attacks.) 

He ends with, "Most importantly, recruit Hollywood’s help and take control of smoking’s image — show that it truly is not cool, but instead, a never-ending beauty-and-health-destroying, poverty-inducing, pathophysiological battle against nicotine...

Posted: Jan 4, 2017 by SGlantz

Disney’s upcoming PG-rated musical film — NEWSIES — includes “smoking images,” reports the MPAA’s latest rating bulletin.

In June 2015, Disney updated its policy on “Smoking in Movies” to state:

• Disney has determined not to depict cigarette smoking in movies produced by it after 2015 (2007 in the case of Disney branded movies) and distributed under the Disney...

Posted: Jan 4, 2017 by SGlantz

Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) have filed a shareholder proposal at Time Warner for inclusion in the company’s 2017 proxy statement, asking the company to report on how the company will assure shareholders that its polices and practices are advancing and not undermining the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs, also know as the “Global Goals” were adopted unanimously by 193 governments and are aimed to end poverty,...

Posted: Nov 18, 2016 by jpolansky

It took some time for the news to make it here from Australia, but the Daily Mail reports that  Ryan Gosling — star of The Nice Guys (R, Time Warner) — told a Sydney radio show that "I smoked myself out" in the film and "never want another cigarette again!"

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