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Rate smoking films "R" to protect children

WHO is trying to get world governments to change their fillm ratings to protect kids and research shows heavy influence in starting. 1 billion people will die prematurely in this century from tobacco use - there is a huge role in prevention that has been siderailed in anti smoking campaigns aimed at smokers. Time to get back to saving children. It will take one generation to not take up smoking to really make a difference, tobacco knows this. Why is a scientist smoking in 2154 in Avator, why all the smoking in Rango ? Check out work of Stanton Glantz at University of California or Physicians for a Smoke Free Canada or twitter hooked by hollywood or Washington Post or Virgin Radio or Daryl Hannah.

  • Mar 16 2011: Smoking can kill people. Chevrolets can kill people. Skateboarding can kill people. Is there anybody left alive who thinks smoking is healthy? You don't see too many ads for BC Bud, but kids smoke it all the time without the help of multi-million dollar advertising campaigns. Does WHO want to ban Road Runner cartoons to deter kids from dropping anvils onto birds? And what about all those crazy car chases that influence kids to want to drive like an Andretti? At what point do we stop with the nanny state nagging and let PARENTS do their job?
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    Mar 19 2011: umm, keep goverment out of film for the love of all things good, the mpaa is bad enough. parent should keep a open informed diolauge about drug use to there children, not the MPAA or the feds.
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    Mar 16 2011: Remember what the MPAA says; Horrific, Deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don't say any naughty words! That's what this war is all about!
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      Mar 19 2011: right? chop a guy in half in slow motion, thats cool. But show any P in V, NC-17 buddy,.
  • Mar 16 2011: I heard china wants to do that too, also theyre trying to bring it back to the a380
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    Mar 16 2011: On the one hand I agree, exposing children to continous use of tobacco could have a negative effect. I have not watched "Rango" yet, but if it is as I suppose a movie meant for children and if the characters do smoke excessively, I agree this is inappopriate.

    On the other hand though you cannot expect rules and regulations to do all the work for parents and shelter children in a coccoon of ignorant bliss. There are far more dangerous things, just think of how many fast food commercials kids ae exposed to in the US! But it is a parent's job to explain why these things are bad, why they are detrimental to health and set a positive example by not smoking, eating healthy etc.

    So in all I have to agree that children should learn to discern right from wrong on their own.
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      Mar 16 2011: Hi Sabin,
      Parents and children are pitted against mulitmillion dollar advertising and tobacco industries that have worked to undermine not only the link between parent and child but are able to convince adults to do behaviours that are unhealthy and even deadly.
      I do not think it is now or has ever been a fair fight and people are dying because of it.
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      Mar 16 2011: This is unacceptable in any civilized forum. I don't think God or brains have anything to do with the argument you presented above. You have not attacked ideas or logic but a person and it is a poor and unproductive form of discourse. You clearly have not studied much about professional marketing, product placements and their influence or child development. By the way, as my dad used to say: profanity is the crutch of a conversational cripple. 2 thumbs down to personal attacks!
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      Mar 16 2011: I do agree so far as it's better to teach your kid to think critically about these things then to censor them from him, but Gavin, your comment was phrased disrespectfully and not becoming for a TED conversation.

      And Pamela, I'm not really surprised you are Canadian as I like to think of us (after living overseas for comparison) as excessively politically correct. We 'segregate' alcohol at public events. We are excessively polite. We already have about the harshest movie rating standards I've heard of- we rate the same movies R here that are rated 15, 12, and PG in Europe.

      Please draw a line without blurring it.
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    Mar 15 2011: Two thumbs up, Pamela!