Smokefree Movies Blog

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.


Posted: Jan 1, 2016 by jpolansky

The Wall Street Journal has reported that e-cigarette marketers — including Relativity honcho Ryan Kavanaugh — boast publicly about exploiting product placement in Hollywood movies. 

That’s the opposite of Big Tobacco’s longtime habit of keeping smoking deals secret or at least deniable.  

Has blatancy paid off? Or back-fired...

Posted: Dec 28, 2015 by SGlantz

There is an important indication that the Government of India’s policies designed to get smoking out of movies are having an impact: On December 25, 2015, the Times of India reported that “Bollywood offers to make anti-tobacco short films to go with their movies.”

This means

(1) Bollywood recognizes that the policy is not going away

(2) They are highly motivated to keep the smoking in their movies, perhaps to keep the tobacco companies happy.

(3) We...

Posted: Dec 9, 2015 by jpolansky

“A license to kill is also a license not to kill,” says James Bond’s new boss, the mysterious M, in Spectre (2015).

The film’s producers didn’t pay attention. Despite years of warnings from WHO and the CDC, tobacco shows up in the latest Bond film alongside a record twenty-three...

Posted: Nov 24, 2015 by jpolansky

Hollywood's animated characters are smoking less — a lot less.

From 2002 to 2011, Breathe California's Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down! data shows that 27 percent of top-grossing animated films featured tobacco. The top three in terms of audience exposure: 

#1. Rango (PG, 2011, Viacom) with more than fifty tobacco incidents on screen, delivered 948 million domestic tobacco impressions.

#2. The...

Posted: Oct 30, 2015 by SGlantz

The American Academy of Pediatics just released new Tobacco Prevention Guidelines.  Among other things, the guidelines say:

"Advertising and promotion is a cause of tobacco use initiation in adolescents. Therefore, tobacco advertising and promotion that is accessible to children should be prohibited, including point-of-sale advertising, product placements in movies and...