Movies Rated “S” for Smoking

I literally cannot remember the last movie I watched (years have elapsed, neurons long since expired), but I’m pleasantly surprised to discover that, as reported in the NYT, the Motion Picture Association of America ranks portrayals of smoking in the same league as sex and violence in assessing the suitability of movies for young viewers. On the other hand, one wonders if this may end up glamorizing smoking even more and adding a layer of mystique, such that youngsters want to experience what the fuss is all about sooner than they can comprehend what they are doing (as with sex & alcohol). Since I don’t see a protest from our friends at Philip Morris, I suspect the latter scenario may be among those identified as a possible outcome by their bean counters.

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