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Friday, August 19, 2005

Yes, more smoking. I just dislike these people so much.

So this is an ad that appears in various newspapers around the country urging the motion picture association to give an R rating to any movie that portrays smoking, including any reference to smoking or any smoking advertisments in the background.

It is hard to read but here are some of the claims:

"This simple change to the voluntary rating system would cut movie smoking's effect on kids in half, saving 50,000 lives a year in the U.S. alone."

Smoking in movies is "now the #1 recruiter of new, young smokers in the United States - 390,000 teens every year."

Here is what they are asking:

"Run strong anti-tobacco ads in front of smoking movies. They're proven to immunize audiences."

"Rate new smoking movies "R." Filmmakers should calibrate smoking imagery, which kills, the same way they now calibrate offensive language, which harms no one."

"Quit identifying tobacco brands. Brand names are unnecessary in the background or in action."

Here is their website

The website also claims that 52% of people start smoking because of movies and that 34% start because of advertisments. Meaning that 86% of people who smoke are doing it because a TV or magazine told them too.

Question of the Day: Do these people make you want to quit or start smoking?


Blogger Nicholas Woodrich said...

I remember when I saw Brad Pitt smoking in Fight Club. I was hooked after that. I wanted to be cool like him.

7:26 AM

Blogger Michael David Petrovich said...

Yeah, that was some good smokin', but the best was John Travolta in Broken Arrow.

Alright new question: Coolest smoking in a movie.

7:40 AM

Blogger Nicholas Woodrich said...

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, duh.

8:23 AM

Blogger reagan said...

obviously if you're idiot enough to start smoking, a newspaper ad isn't going to sway you one way or another.

11:16 AM

Blogger Nicholas Woodrich said...


11:21 AM


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