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MPAA: Smoke 'Em If You Want a Higher Rating

MPAA: Smoke 'Em If You Want a Higher Rating



A while ago I wrote about the possibility that smoking cigarettes would be banned in movies, and I asked what you thought about that. Most of you voted it should be the filmmakers' decision whether or not their characters smoke cigarettes. Well, the MPAA is trying a new strategy in the smoking conflict by raising the rating for movies that include cigarette smoking. Variety has the scoop:

"In the past, illegal teen smoking has been a factor in the rating of films, alongside other parental concerns such as sex, violence and adult language," the MPAA said in a statement. "Now, all smoking will be considered, and depictions that glamorize smoking or movies that feature pervasive smoking outside of a historic or other mitigating context may receive a higher rating."

From the article it's clear that some people take this issue very seriously and worry about the relationship between onscreen behavior and decisions kids make. I'm a little on the fence on this, though, since it sounds rather similar to a ban on smoking in G, PG and PG-13 movies: If filmmakers would like to have their movies receive a more accessible rating, they'll be forced to eliminate smoking from their films. What do you think of this news?

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