Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Provides Hollywood with Anti-Smoking Messages for DVDs

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 07, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  


Attorney General Stumbo announced today that he has again called upon Hollywood’s major motion picture studios to insert anti-smoking public service announcements in all DVDs, videos and other newer home viewing formats of movies in which smoking is depicted.  This time, however, Attorney General Stumbo sent each studio three "classic" truth® anti-smoking campaign messages that were created by the American Legacy Foundation and that are available at no cost for the studios’ unlimited use. Stumbo’s letter also is signed by 40 other Attorneys General.

"I hope we’ve made an offer that the studios will be happy to accept," said Attorney General Stumbo.  "Public service announcements already appear on DVDs for many worthwhile causes and organizations, and they are often linked to themes prevalent in the movies they precede.  While we would like to see a reduction of smoking depictions in movies seen by youth under 18, we are hoping that the studios will take advantage of using these anti-smoking messages whenever the movie depicts smoking."

The Attorney Generals’ letter follows an earlier November 2005 request by 32 Attorneys General to the studios to help prevent youth smoking by inserting anti-smoking messages on movies that depict smoking.  The studios never responded to the Attorneys Generals’ letters.  Instead, Motion Picture Association of America President Dan Glickman wrote to the Attorneys General that only the individual companies could decide whether to run PSAs on DVDs or videos and that the industry would consider PSAs as one possible idea in an overall anti-smoking campaign effort.  To date, the Attorneys General have received no further indication from the studios or the Motion Picture Association of America of progress on an anti-smoking PSA effort.

Today's letter and the earlier request were sent to the CEOs of Paramount Pictures, The Walt Disney Company, Miramax Films, DreamWorks SKG, Sony Pictures Entertainment, MGM Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. Studios, Fox Filmed Entertainment, and New Line Cinema. Today's letter was also sent to the CEOs of three independent studios:  Lionsgate, MTV Network and The Weinstein Company.

The three spots for the PSAs can be viewed on the Legacy FTP site.  To access the site go to http://webmail.americanlegacy.org. This will only work in Internet Explorer.  Follow the directions below:

  1. Click on the Legacy FTP button located in the bottom left hand corner of the page.
  2. Click on the Marcom FTP button
  3. The spots are located in the PSA folder, they are Windows Media Files.
  4. To download the files click and drag them onto your desktop.