Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: Feb 23, 2017 by jono

And the winner is...the tobacco industry.

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...

Posted: Feb 17, 2017 by SGlantz

News from SFM partner

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...

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

They don't smoke on the red carpet...

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...

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 withdrawal...

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, Pixar...

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 jono

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!"


Posted: Nov 15, 2016 by SGlantz

Last week, US District Judge Richard Seeborg ruled against the plaintiffs in the national class action lawsuit that claimed that the MPAA ratings were a form of commercial speech that did not warrant First Amendment protections.

The MPAA, studios and theaters argued successfully that the movie ratings were “opinions” and not subject to restrictions on commercial speech that were designed to protect the public...

Posted: Oct 30, 2016 by SGlantz

The first hearing on Forsyth v. MPAA et al. —  the class action lawsuit alleging that the MPAA, member studios, and NATO's ratings system defrauds parents by giving movies with smoking PG or PG-13 ratings — took place in federal court on Friday, October 28, in federal court in San Francisco. 

The hearing was on the defendants’ motion to dismiss the suit. As summarized in...