Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: Feb 22, 2016 by SGlantz

Ever since we launched the Smoke Free Movies campaign in March 2001, I have been wondering when there would be a lawsuit against the MPAA and the major studios it represents for continuing to allow smoking in movies it rates as suitable for youth.

On February 25, 2016 the inevitable happened. 

A national class-action lawsuit was filed against the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA),...

Posted: Feb 14, 2016 by SGlantz

Matthis Morgenstern  and colleagues just published “Did limits on payments for tobacco placements in US movies affect how movies are made?” in Tobacco Control.  They answered the question “yes.”

Specifically, they found that there was a big drop in screen time devoted to smoking after the state attorneys general included...

Posted: Feb 4, 2016 by SGlantz

After Leonardo DiCaprio publicly used an e-cigarette at the Screen Actors Guild awards ceremony, the American Lung Association publicly criticized him, which was reported by the celebrity website TMZ, the Dolby Theater where the Oscars are held announced that their ceremony would be smokefree, including e-cigarettes.  (Full story...

Posted: Feb 2, 2016 by SGlantz

The MPAA just announced that Hail, Caesar! — the new Coen Bros. film opening nationally on Friday 5 February 2016 — has been rated “PG-13 for some suggestive content and smoking."

The film is distributed by Universal Pictures (Comcast).

The MPAA began adding “smoking” descriptors – small-print labels – to its ratings of a small fraction of wide-release movies with tobacco imagery in 2007. Through 2014, 88 percent of top-grossing, youth-rated films with smoking carried...

Posted: Feb 2, 2016 by jpolansky

WHO's release of its report Smoke-free movies: From evidence to action (3rd edition) on 1 February 2016 has been covered by media outlets from India to Ireland. A selection of news articles, including responses from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC):


Posted: Jan 31, 2016 by SGlantz

On 1 February, 2016 the World Health Organization released the following statement.

Films showing smoking scenes should be rated to protect children from tobacco addiction


The World Health Organization is calling on governments to rate movies that portray tobacco use in a bid to prevent children and adolescents from starting to smoke cigarettes and use other forms of tobacco.

Movies showing use of tobacco products have enticed...

Posted: Jan 17, 2016 by jpolansky

• Of the twenty English-language, live-action, non-documentary films nominated in any Oscar category this year, thirteen (65%) included smoking: half of those rated PG-13 and 71 percent of those rated R.

• While 65 percent of Oscar-nominated films include smoking, only 35...

Posted: Jan 14, 2016 by SGlantz

1 of 3 PG-13 movies are smokefree

The Martian, Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam (smokefree)

Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger (smoking)

Brooklyn, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey (smoking)

2 of 5 R movies are smokefree

Mad Max: Fury Road, Doug Mitchell and George Miller (smokefree)

Room, Ed Guiney (Smokefree...

Posted: Jan 8, 2016 by jpolansky

After rebounding in recent years, 2015 tobacco counts fell across most of the film industry, in some cases approaching or exceeding 2010 lows. (See film list)



Posted: Jan 4, 2016 by SGlantz

Just before the holidays, Truth Initiative released an important report, Played: Smoking in Video Games, that highlights the fact that the movies are not the only entertainment medium that help sell tobacco to kids.

Here are the main conclusions:

Tobacco use is prevalent in video games played by youth.