Tobacco free “In the Heights” an audience, critical success

Two years ago Cinema Blend reported that Lin-Manuel Miranda wanted to include a hookah in his new film In the Heights, but didn’t do it out of concern that doing so could trigger an R rating and reduce the audience (and money the film would make): Lin-Manuel Miranda is currently in the process of makingContinue reading “Tobacco free “In the Heights” an audience, critical success”

Amazon’s purchase of MGM is a good time to catch up with the major studios’ tobacco policies

Amazon is buying MGM for $8.45 billion to get its inventory of popular films and TV shows.  It also plans to have MGM continue to produce new films aimed at a broad audience.  In contrast to MGM (and Amazon), all the major studios that produce feature films have adopted policies to reduce or eliminate smokingContinue reading “Amazon’s purchase of MGM is a good time to catch up with the major studios’ tobacco policies”

Disney’s Cruella is smokefree

Cruella is the origin story of the villain in Disney’s 1961 animated classic One Hundred One Dalmatians.  In it Cruella famously smokes using a long cigarette holder. (So does Glen Close in the 1996 and 2000 live action versions and the TV series.)  But, consistent with Disney’s policy to “actively limit the depiction of smokingContinue reading “Disney’s Cruella is smokefree”

Smokefree Movies is now Smokefree Media

Recognizing the growing importance of streaming and other video platforms, the Smokefree Movies campaign I started in 2001 has been expanded to Smokefree Media, including a new website. The new site contains all the information from the old Smokefree Movies site, but the searchable film database has been expanded to add streaming video programs popularContinue reading “Smokefree Movies is now Smokefree Media”

Exposure to e-cigs in music videos associated with more e-cig use in real life

It has been well-established for over a decade that exposure to onscreen smoking in movies causes kids to smoke. Now, Anuja Majumundar and colleagues at USC have used similar methods as in the early movie studies to show that the more e-cig promotions young adults (age 18-24) see in music videos the more likely theyContinue reading “Exposure to e-cigs in music videos associated with more e-cig use in real life”

Lots of smoking in this year’s Oscar movies

2020 was a difficult year for everyone, including the movies, because of COVID-19. The Academy Awards have been delayed and many of the nominated films were released on video on demand rather than into theaters. As a result, some do not appear in the SFM “Top 10 box office” database.  We did review all the films thatContinue reading “Lots of smoking in this year’s Oscar movies”

How India enacted groundbreaking rules to blunt the effects of onscreen smoking

In 2012 India implemented groundbreaking rules to blunt the effect of onscreen smoking and other tobacco use. Any film with smoking has to have a warning and advertisement about the dangers of tobacco use produced by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare before the film or video at at the intermission. (Most Bollywood filmsContinue reading “How India enacted groundbreaking rules to blunt the effects of onscreen smoking”

Ad firm with tobacco ties makes product placement deals in entertainment media

Variety ran a story this week about AMC Networks’ placing PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew brand in its cable series The Walking Dead.  Who helped set up this deal? The article names The Content Collective, a unit of Omnicom Media Group:         • Omnicom Media (global advertising, marketing and PR) cut its ties with e-cig maker Juul Labs inContinue reading “Ad firm with tobacco ties makes product placement deals in entertainment media”

Which health care companies treat tobacco diseases — but also buy tobacco stocks?

As You Sow, a Smokefree Movies partner, released a new report on October 28, 2020:  Smoke & Mirrors: Healthcare company retirement plans are addicted to tobacco The report uncovers the surprising fact that tobacco firms — and media companies that push tobacco — are embedded in retirement plans at Abbott Laboratories, Becton Dickinson, CVS Health, DaVita, HCAContinue reading “Which health care companies treat tobacco diseases — but also buy tobacco stocks?”

Money talks. Why are top healthcare companies invested in … Tobacco?

As You Sow, one of our partners in the Smokefree Movies project, is releasing a new report, Smoke & Mirrors: Healthcare company retirement plans are addicted to tobacco, on Wednesday Wed, October 28 at 2 pm ET / 11 am PT.  The report uncovers the surprising fact that tobacco (and media companies that promote tobacco) is embedded inContinue reading “Money talks. Why are top healthcare companies invested in … Tobacco?”