September 16th, 2018
Smoking of cigarettes in movies encourages teenagers to start smoking. A bigger chance to frequently start consuming cigarettes are those teenagers who watch movies, where the actors represent characters who smoke. It seems cool and represents smoking as something fun and not harmful. If actors can do it, than anyone can! Some scientific researches done on this subject have lead to a conclusion that smoking, which is represented through various media makes teenagers to fantasize it.
According to the words of James Sergeant of the medical faculty Geisei, New Hampshire, the more they watch, the more they start to look alike. They think of ways on how to smoke, develop techniques which resemble those they see with their favorite characters. Sergeant and his team have compared the number of characters who smoked in movies and their ratings, after which the questioned teenagers from age 10 to 14, where they determined that teenagers who were exposed to such celebs had a greater chance of starting and continuing smoking than of those who haven’t.
Scenarist of the movie “Basic Instinct“ Joe Eszterhas, who was diagnosed with throat cancer as a consequence of long term smoking, has invited Hollywood to advertise cigarettes in movies. In an article published by New York Times he notes that his cancer was discovered about two years back where most of his throat is destroyed, and that he is starting to have trouble speaking. Therefore, people have a hard time understanding him. Smoking was an integral part of most of his scenarios because he was a militant smoker. It was a part of an imagery which was nurtured for years: smoking, parties, drinks and rock n roll. As further explained by the 57 year old scenarist, at that time, he trusted back then that all people should be entitled to smoke. Now he thinks the opposite, and that smoking should be prohibited as heroin. In the mentioned movie, smoking was a part of a sexual sub context. The character played by Sharon Stone smokes, and the character played by Michael Douglas is trying to quit. In the most famous and most controversial scene, she is holding a cigarette in her hand.
Smoking has often been connected with glamour, especially in the early period of Hollywood where actors, like Audrey Hepburn, smoked cigarettes on a regular basis, even in movies in which she starred in. Despite the change of attitude towards smoking in the past decade, movie makers stand tall in showing this habit on the screen, with out any fear of censorship.
Here are several movies which confirm this thesis:
Gandalf in Lord of The Rings is a built character with a noticeable fondness to his pipe in the fascinating trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson.
From early childhood experiences, all people remember Cruella DeVil, voice by Glenn Close, in the 101 Dalmatian, is rarely seen without her cigarette smoke.
Early version of Peter Pan in 1953, where Captain Hook is very creative to the extreme of smoking two cigarettes at a time.
In the movie Thank You for Smoking, Nick Naylor the spokesperson for big tobacco played by Aaron Eckhart suggests his boss to bring back sex to cigarettes by showing movie stars smoking on screen.
To conclude if America wants to see its youth away from smoking then smoking on screen must be prohibited!