Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: Jul 25, 2016 by jpolansky

On 23 July 2016, Scott Simon, anchor of NPR's Weekend All Things Considered, asked film historian David Thompson if he thought R-rating future movies for smoking might "get in the way of filmmakers doing an honest job of telling a story." Thompson brought up Now, Voyager, a 1942 Warner Bros. film starring Bette Davis and Paul Henreid:

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Posted: Jul 24, 2016 by jpolansky

The fourteen states hand out the most lavish subsidies to Hollywood film producers together spent $1.48 billion on movies proven to recruit kids to smoke from 2010 to 2016 — $150 million more than they invested over the same period to reduce smoking.

Smokefree Movies now...

Posted: Jul 15, 2016 by SGlantz

Today the plaintiffs responded to the motion to dismiss in the national class lawsuit filed against the MPAA, the studios that control it, and the National Association of Theater Owners for fraud on the grounds that they certify films with smoking as "appropriate for children" despite knowing that smoking in movies causes kids to smoke. 
 
The brief is all legal arguments, but it contains some great examples of statements that the MPAA made defending the unique...

Posted: Jul 14, 2016 by SGlantz

Jonathan Polansky and I just published “Tobacco product placement and its reporting to the Federal Trade Commission” through the University of California eScholarship initiative. This report compares the product placement activities by the cigarette companies between 1978 and 1994 that are discussed in the companies’ internal correspondence with what they reported to the US Federal Trade Commission. We...

Posted: Jul 6, 2016 by jpolansky

Kids copy what they see. Keep their movie smoke-free! — That's the new public service message posted on YouTube by the Ontario Coalition for Smoke-Free Movies and the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Education & Advocacy Team (HEAT).

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Posted: Jun 1, 2016 by jpolansky

Since 2007, the Motion Picture Association of America's rating system has labeled a small fraction (11%) of all the US top-grossing, youth-rated movies with tobacco. This week's rating bulletin recently announced two more films labeled for smoking:

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Posted: May 23, 2016 by jpolansky

Four major US media companies are tied into Vice Media Inc., a 'global youth culture' brand that works for Philip Morris International (PMI).

In March 2016, the Financial Times’ Matthew Garrahan...

Posted: May 11, 2016 by SGlantz

While Smoke Free Movies has concentrated on highlighting  the producers and directors who have made the smokiest movies that recruit the most kids for Big Tobacco, the reality is that there are also many who have quitely kept their films smoke-free.

They have shown that it is possible to make successful films without serving Big Tobacco and are pointing towards the future when smoking in youth-rated films will be an odd artifact of the past.

The only question is how long...

Posted: May 5, 2016 by SGlantz

On Saturday, 9 April 2016, the eve of the MTV Movie Awards, kids from Canada and the US joined forces to call for smokefree youth-rated movies (press release).

Jointly organized by the...

Posted: Apr 30, 2016 by SGlantz

That’s what Hollywood's attorneys are apparently asking a judge to decide. It’s the film industry’s first official response to the national class-action lawsuit filed against the MPAA and its member companies in March.

Read a summary of their legal logic in the entertainment industry trade journal...