Smoking And The Movies

American Voices ISSUE 32•05 Sep 2, 1997

The Clinton Administration recently took Hollywood to task for the rise in on-screen portrayals of smoking. What do you think about cigarettes and cinema?

  • “If people see characters smoking in movies, it's only a matter of time before we start to see people smoking in real life.”

    Sharon Wayne –
    Speech Pathologist

  • “I say, down with smoking, and up with gender- positive portrayals of anthropomorphic squirrels in animated musicals.”

    Matt Reiderer –
    Construction Worker

  • “I started smoking at age 13 after seeing my Uncle Abe's glamorous portrayal of smoking in my Bar Mitzvah video.”

    David Pinsky –
    Orthodontist

  • “Doesn't anyone know those are just prop cigarettes used in the movies?”

    Chet Billups –
    Systems Analyst

  • “Hollywood needs a few more people like Kevin Costner, who in 1995's Waterworld took a rare, heroic stand against the evil Smokers.”

    Adrienne Elson –
    Guidance Counselor

  • “Movies need to stop entertaining and start educating.”

    Paul Dougan –
    Realtor

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