Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: Apr 12, 2017 by SGlantz

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, youth advocates from Canada and the U.S. teamed up to tell Hollywood, their elected officials, and the people of Toronto that they are no fool to the dangers of smoking in movies.  

Jointly organized by the Ontario Coalition for Smoke Free Movies and Reality Check New York, 150 young people, warmly wrapped in gray scarves, hit the streets...

Posted: Mar 29, 2017 by jpolansky

Since December 2016, half of the major film studios — all MPAA members — have named new top execs:

Posted: Mar 15, 2017 by SGlantz

The latest MPAA rating bulletin lists two upcoming PG-rated films with “smoking” descriptors. In effect, this tag suggests that smoking in children's movies is appropriate.  

CHURCHILL | "Rated PG for thematic elements, brief war images, historical smoking throughout, and some language."

This $10 million, bio-based,...

Posted: Mar 7, 2017 by SGlantz

There will be a session on Smokefree Movies, Smokefree Movies and Entertainment Media: Progress and Challenges, in the Youth track at the National Conference on Tobacco or Health in Austin, TX.

Time:  Friday March 24

Time: 9:00 am to 10:15 am

Place: Room 11A



Posted: Mar 7, 2017 by SGlantz

Trinity Health continues to build momentum for Smoke Free Movies following their Smoke Free Movies Week of Action campaign, which was launched at the end of February just in time for Oscars week.

Since its launch, the campaign has netted nearly 800 advocates from across the country who have sent out almost 4,900 messages via email and Twitter to the top five movie studios and the Motion Picture Association of America urging them to R-rate any movie that depicts smoking.

Now, we...

Posted: Mar 3, 2017 by jpolansky

The Canadian government is inviting public comment as it develops plans to drive smoking levels down to 5% or lower by 2035. However, the scope makes no mention of getting smoking out of youth-rated movies — yet — even though smokefree movies are a key to smokefree kids. If you're in Canada, it's time to raise the smokefree movie flag.


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...