Smokefree Movies Blog

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...

Posted: Apr 29, 2016 by jpolansky

Fox's new promotional trailer for 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,' hitting theaters in July 2016, shows London fashionista Patsy lighting up a Rothmans cigarette — while coyly covering up the UK health warning on the front of the box.

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Posted: Apr 28, 2016 by jpolansky
 
Disney has announced that Emma Stone will star as a young Cruella de Vil, confirming leaks first reported by The Hollywood Reporter in January. 
 
In 'Cruella', Stone will recap the early years of the puppy-napping fashionista with two-tone hair, a sleek Bugatti and the longest cigarette holder in Mayfair.
 
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Posted: Apr 22, 2016 by jpolansky

The latest data on the film industry and tobacco finds that so-called independent film companies have more than tripled their share of youth-rated films with smoking: from 12 percent in 2005 to 39 percent in 2015.

As the chart shows, the major studios, who own and are represented by the MPAA, reduced their kid-rated movies...