Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: Mar 3, 2016 by SGlantz

Kori Titus and her colleagues invited me to attend the annual Hackademy Awards where the high school students present awards to the best and worst movies for smoking.

It was a great event and an honor to meet the kids (and grownups) whose hard work has been the key data behind the global Smoke Free Movies effort.

Posted: Mar 3, 2016 by SGlantz

Dr. Robert Schwartz from Ontario Canada has prepared a wonderful short video explaining how we can be so certain that smoking in movies causes kids to smoke and why the R rating (18A in Canada) will save lives and money.

Check it out here.

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), Disney...

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 percent of the nominated actors smoked....

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...