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Should Smoking Be Banned From Movies?

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We all know that smoking kills. So why is it still shown in movies, often to portray someone "cool"?

Well, the good news is, depictions of smoking in movies has decreased in recent years, peaking in 2005, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC hopes that trend will continue. In the report they wrote, "Exposure to onscreen smoking in movies increases the probability that youths will start smoking. Youths who are heavily exposed to onscreen smoking are approximately two to three times more likely to begin smoking than youths who are lightly exposed."

Interestingly, the study showed that tobacco use was portrayed more often in movies aimed at kids. In 2009, while approximately half of the 145 movies the CDC looked at showed tobacco use, tobacco was used in 61 percent of movies that were aimed at kids.

Should Smoking Be Banned From Movies?

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  • Heather ~Warrior Princess~ 2010/08/21 19:30:23
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    Heather ~Warrior Princess~
    +8
    Jeeze! Smoking is worse than watching people get beaten, tortured, or having all kinds of immoral sexual activity? Give it a rest, its not like PG movies have cigarettes in them...you're the parent you decide what your kids watch...

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  • keke 2011/04/11 23:46:00
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    keke
    i dont think that smoking would influnce kids to smoke i mean its their choice if they want to or not... u kno they just trina blame something bad on something so no one has to take the blame for it
  • Dallas 2011/01/22 23:36:50
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    Dallas
    Wow, Mad Men would be edited into a 15 minute show. All they do is smoke, it's a show about smoking.

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  • ~Doll Princess~ 2010/09/01 15:10:08
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    ~Doll Princess~
    Are you for reals? It's just smoking. Just because there's smoking in a movie does it mean it's to make it look "cool" :/

    I don't even smoke..and I watch many movies,etc, with smoking-and I still do NOT feel the urge to smoke.
  • Soldier4Christ82 2010/08/25 07:00:00
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    Soldier4Christ82
    +1
    All other kinds of morally repugnant behavior is allowed in movies; why single out smoking?
  • LondonByeTaTa 2010/08/23 21:48:52
  • BlackSilver 2010/08/23 20:06:01
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    BlackSilver
    +1
    I think smoking would be the first of many things that would begin being banned from movies. Movies are made to explore lifestyles or events that are not common in everyday life. Personally, I think it's stupid if people jump on a bandwagon for something that is widely-known to be harmful to one's health. As a avid movie go-er/watcher I say keep movies they way they are it would take away the realism if we start prohibiting small aspects. I'd hope parents in our society can be MORE influential to their kids than a movie. And honestly WHO IS REALLY INFLUENCED BY DANGEROUS THINGS IN MOVIES?

    p.s. I am looking for a drug substance resembling the mutant X gene and spare parts to fix my flux capacitor.
  • jeddo 2010/08/23 18:51:43
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    jeddo
    +1
    its a movie. GET OVER IT!
  • wpsark 2010/08/23 18:38:27
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    wpsark
    OMFG
  • LuridLolita 2010/08/23 18:19:50
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    LuridLolita
    +1
    Art should be uncensored.
  • Cody Dubois 2010/08/23 18:14:29
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    Cody Dubois
  • Chris D 2010/08/23 16:49:07 (edited)
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    Chris D
    +2
    smoke 'em if you got 'em - movies and smoking are like peanut butter and jelly
    smoke em em movies smoking peanut butter jelly
  • infeauxnaut 2010/08/23 16:42:15
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    infeauxnaut
    +1
    I'm very anti-smoking. Several of my relatives have died from the odious habit. But mandating against showing smoking, in movies that frequently feature people getting stabbed, blown up, shot, and otherwise mutilated, is ludicrous. Plus, the First Amendment covers speech we dislike, as well as speech we like.

    Banning smoking from movies wouldn't keep young people from taking up smoking, and it would violate the Constitution.
  • janet 2010/08/23 16:19:39
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    janet
    It's a big NO.
  • Charlie 2010/08/23 15:58:56
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    Charlie
    As long as the smoke can't reach my lungs, I don't give a crap. If they outlaw guns though, some movies would look downright dumb so I wouldn't watch them - Batman is one example of how stupid it is - He can't even blow away someone trying to kill him. God, that's dumb.
  • deBrice 2010/08/23 15:31:30
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    deBrice
    and no drug, no sex, no dirty talk... Toy Story for everybody !
  • METALheadMom 2010/08/23 15:30:06
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    METALheadMom
    +2
    AND lets ban ALCOHOL, pre-marital SEX, DRUGS, SWEARING, and NUDITY of any kind. MIGHT AS WELL JUST STOP MAKING MOVIES!!! GET REAL!!!!
  • Steve King 2010/08/23 15:00:22
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    Steve King
    +2
    Control the media and all things you see and hear is clear censorship and it violates the First Amendment. Like it or hate it, the truth is, when you tell the masses what you can and and see, you will then be told what you can and can't say, then what you are allowed to do in your own home...you never get back the rights you lose. Give up one, you start giving "them" the right to start taking them all.
  • JamesCa... Steve King 2010/08/23 16:30:48
    JamesCampbell
    Yes, dangerous precedent
  • Pasquale 2010/08/23 14:48:07
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    Pasquale
    +2
    I give up!
  • Mr. Rock "n" Roll 2010/08/23 14:31:16
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    Mr. Rock "n" Roll
    +2
    If smoking is good enough for our president it's good enough to show on the silver screen!

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  • luvguins 2010/08/23 14:30:24
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    luvguins
    Less will continue in contemporary movies, but for realism pre decade films should be true for how it was then. I remember how it was in the "Mad Men" era and they are being true to that decade.
  • birdman 2010/08/23 13:50:55
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    birdman
    +2
    Oh come on.
    Parents are supposed to teach their children what is right and wrong and or what is good and bad not some Hollywood movie or God forbid some misguided underfunded overzealous school system.
  • Muzzer 2010/08/23 13:40:58
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    Muzzer
    +1
    Enough is enough.
  • DeafGary 2010/08/23 13:35:50
    Yes, movies influence kids to smoke.
    DeafGary
    Yes. I think it should be....Let's see, the characters, who smoke are always the glorified characters -- same thing with the characters, who do all kinds of other evil.

    And, if they would take those things out, it would help to lessen the temptation for the kids, who look up to those actors.
  • ~Doll P... DeafGary 2010/09/01 15:12:11
  • you betcha 2010/08/23 13:32:00
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    you betcha
    +1
    I suggest you spend your time practicing SELF-censorship instead of trying to regulate what OTHERS see.
  • myjackfrost 2010/08/23 13:25:01
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    myjackfrost
    NO! there are worst things in movies!
  • ladypuppylove 2010/08/23 12:48:07
    Yes, movies influence kids to smoke.
    ladypuppylove
    Yes , because my husband smoke and when he drives my car it is like i am getting in a ash tray , it gets all in your clothes, and who wants to look at the movies through a smoke screen , i know everybody have rights and smokeing should be banned from movies and besides you have babies in there and second hand smoke is not good , i have had people to pass by me in stores and i could smell the smoke in their clothes
  • wpsark ladypup... 2010/08/23 18:40:50
    wpsark
    you should re-read the post...
  • ~Doll P... ladypup... 2010/09/01 15:12:40
    ~Doll Princess~
    Re-read the question. :/
  • ladypup... ~Doll P... 2010/09/01 18:40:12
    ladypuppylove
    question should smoking be banned from movies answer yes
  • ~Doll P... ladypup... 2010/09/01 18:48:04
    ~Doll Princess~
    Meaning...not the theaters-but the actual films themselves.
  • ladypup... ~Doll P... 2010/09/01 18:49:41
    ladypuppylove
    Yes
  • Bright_mind_maden 2010/08/23 12:11:26
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    Bright_mind_maden
    +1
    It’s a little bit late for that! IMHO I think young people have to be given chance to decide for themselves to smoke or not to smoke, they have a head on their shoulders not only for eating and they know it.... It’s the way of parenting and schooling the kids that needs to be raised to a higher (+affordable) level. By restrictions or banning the smoking in movies, you only achieve more smoking kids (interesting the most of the smokers in movies are cool, but they usually die in the end)!
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  • stahlnacht 2010/08/23 08:45:56
  • bob 2010/08/23 08:05:44
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    bob
    God damn it either criminalize it or leave it the hell alone!
  • MissJo 2010/08/23 07:44:43
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    MissJo
    +1
    There are A LOT worse things in movies than smoking.
  • ~*Bryn*~ aka AmerikusMonsoon 2010/08/23 07:10:34
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    ~*Bryn*~ aka AmerikusMonsoon
    +1
    As much as I dont like being around smokers, you can't just take away a characters flaws that makes their personalities.
  • Infidel for Freedom 2010/08/23 06:56:08
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    Infidel for Freedom
    +1
    Why not ban farting from plays?
    How about banning pustule-popping from the opera?
    What about nixing heavy breathing in religious services?
    And, hey -- consider blacking out displays of cholesterol consumption in ads?
    Also, don't forget -- let's make sure farm animals don't copulate during 1st grade field trips!

    Yours truly...

    Perry Stalsis
  • tregger92 2010/08/23 06:43:55
    No, what's next? No more guns in movies?
    tregger92
    +1
    smoking is a fact of life... get the hell over it. you cant expect to film a documentary or a street scene with an open set whilst having to ask each individual person in the background to stop smoking before shooting. the fact that it has decreased is amazing in itself, and to be honest its not like the latest toy story movie feature buzz and woody getting high on weed... i think you should get off your high horse and leave it as is... if your so frigging worried slap a **this movie contains smoking** sticker on it which i believe you already have, you cant do much more.
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