posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 12:17 PM
Now this is just nuts:
"LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- If Nicolas Cage lights a cigarette in a movie, Hollywood's ratings board should respond as if he used a profanity,
according to authors of a new study that criticizes glamorous images of smoking in movies rated for children under 17.
Nearly 80 percent of movies rated PG-13 feature some form of tobacco use, while 50 percent of G and PG rated films depict smoking, said Stanton
Glantz, co-author of the study, which examined 775 U.S. movies over the past five years.
"No one is saying there should never be any smoking in the movies," Glantz, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco,
said Tuesday at a press conference at Hollywood High School. "What we're simply asking for is that smoking be treated by Hollywood as seriously as
it treats offensive language.""
Control control control! This is just getting out of hand.