Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: Aug 5, 2016 by SGlantz

Despite the fact that the rules under India’s tobacco control law mandate that, “Promotional materials and posters of film and television programmes shall not depict any tobacco products or their usage in any form,” posters for the feature film Dishoom show popular actor John Abraham smoking a cigarette.

This situation echoes the US situation when Hollywood’s inclusion of smoking in television advertisements for movies...

Posted: Aug 4, 2016 by SGlantz

The Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has proposed to completely gut the rule governing smoking in the movies, taking it from a highly visible rule that has been praised around the world and replacing it with a proposal that is almost certain to be ineffective. 

After a long battle, including lawsuits that went to the Supreme Court, the Government of India implemented strong policies to counter the effects of smoking and other tobacco use in movies.

 Now, India’s...

Posted: Aug 3, 2016 by SGlantz

At least this summer the studios aren't selling cigarettes to kids.  This week all of the Top 10 films were smokefree.

This shows two things:

1.  Hollywood can make and sell kids movies without including smoking.

2.  All our work over the years may be having an effect.

It's now time for the studios to finish the job and modernize their rating system by assigning an R for smoking to keep kids movies smokefree.

Posted: Jul 30, 2016 by SGlantz

The MPAA, studios, NATO, and the plaintiffs in the national class action lawuit alleging that their rating system defrauds parents have agreed that the defendants' response to the plaintiff's June filing will be due on September 15, 2016 and proposed to  the judge that the hearing on the Motion to Dismiss and SLAPP Motion will be held on October 27.

The judge will have to approve this schedule, but such approvals are routine when both sides agree.

You can read about the case...

Posted: Jul 25, 2016 by jono

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:


Posted: Jul 24, 2016 by jono

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.


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 value of...

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 found that only...

Posted: Jul 6, 2016 by jono

Video: 'Kids copy what they see. Keep their movies smoke-free!'

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...

Posted: Jun 1, 2016 by jono

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: