Should Smoking in Movies Change the MPAA Ratings System? Lawsuit Says Yes

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There are plenty of adve rtisements and commercials aimed at keep kids from using tobacco products, but a lawsuit against the Motion Picture Association of America claims films are to blame for teens lighting up.

The lawsuit claims science proves teens are more likely to smoke if they see images of people smoking in front of them.

There are plenty of films that are not aimed at kids where the characters make smoking look cool.

They include classics like Humphrey Bogart’s character in “Casablanca,” Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and Clint Eastwood in “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.”

Some family friendly films also include smoking.

Disney classics “Peter Pan,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “101 Dalmatians” all include characters smoking.

The plaintiffs in the suit believe future family movies that include smoking like these Disney classics should be rated R.

In similar lawsuits, MPAA said the first amendment will protect its rating system.

If not, the whole ratings system could go up in smoke!

 

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