Movies & Tabacco
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Mar 18, 2012 5:14 PM Last Post By: bendejo
Mar 14, 2012 7:50 PM
Movies & TabaccoThis is unrelated to travel but you'al always seem to pick up on these type situations and have some good comments.
I sense that the movies and the tabacco company are in cahoots. Why are there smoking scenes in many of the movies when smoking by the actors/actresses seems totally unrelated to the story and/or plot? Do the tabacco companies pay the movie producers to include (needless & useless) smoking scenes? I saw a re-run of "Bridges of Madison County", and, sure enough, Clint and Meryl light up in two different scenes. This adds nothing to the story and takes away from the characters. It is obvious that in this particular love story these charactors are not the smoking type. So, why are they forced to smoke? I see too many smoking clips that make me wonder what's going on. Comments anyone?
Mar 15, 2012 4:10 AM
Mar 15, 2012 4:56 AM
2Advertising has run amok all over the world. I still remember when:
1. The Internet had no advertising.\
2. The BBC news website had no advertising (only a couple of years ago).
3. CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Coorporation) had no advertising during their news programs.
4. You could rent a movie & there was no advertising at the beginning.
5. Stores were closed Sundays & Mondays & you spent time with your family or just rested.
Advertising has gotten so bad that I:
1. No longer subscribe to any magazines (I read books).
2. Never rent or download movies.
3. Watch only the 1st 15 minutes of CBC news until the crazy advertising starts & shut if off.
4. Refuse to watch TV unless the program can recorded & then I fast-forward.
5. Limit my Internet time to 3 mornings/week.
6. Limit my time in any mall or grocery store only to the bare essentials.
7. Refuse any phone calls from anyone I don't know.
I'm afraid the young generation will never know the quality of life that existed before their time as to very little advertising. People now live to shop which is a very sad factor in Canada & USA. If you don't believe me drive around on any Sunday & see what people are doing.
Mar 15, 2012 12:12 PM
3"Product Placement is a source of extra income for movie producers."
Ok. This stands to reason. I have no problem with actors drinking CocaCola, Budwiser, wearing Nike shoes, reading Time Magazine, etc., but it does irk me to see decent actors in decent roles smoking. And it is so blatant that it is almost like a commecial. I don't see smoking comercials on tv, why should I have to see them in movies? How can the movies condone and glorify this health hazzard and cancer causing problem? It doesn't make sense that movie producers would send this type of negative message to the world simply because of money.
Mar 15, 2012 3:08 PM
4I read the title as "Movies and Tabasco" with great bemusement as to why I should bring a bottle of hot sauce to a movie......
Need to clean my glasses.
Mar 15, 2012 6:03 PM
The man lights up two cigarettes, hands one to his lover.
Can't get more romantic than that! ;^)
Smoking is back in style with the younger generations, in case you haven't noticed.
It's to splash on the seat in front of yours, so anyone who sits there with their big head blocking your view will be inclined to changed their seat after a few minutes. You have to think about these things...
Mar 15, 2012 10:00 PM
Mar 16, 2012 3:21 AM
8I was totally put off by a recently written detective novel in which the main character kept having to have smoke breaks.
Meanwhile, on a very hot day, my only choices of cold drinks at the checkouts of two major supermarkets were several varieties of Coke, energy drinks and sports drinks. Isn't there anyone left in the world who drinks soft drinks without Cola?
Mar 16, 2012 3:42 AM
9Yeah jb international.
Remember when smoking bans were introduced for virtually all public spaces. Business owners squealed - for a month or so - by which time they realised takings were on the increase. A small minority of people actually smoke in Australia.
NOW!! Even the smokers admit things are more pleasant! Restaurants are thriving - only the big tobacco companies remain unhappy!
Mar 16, 2012 4:25 AM
10Here in Canada we have at the present time a situation where some provinces are taking the tobacco companies to court over the health issues. I wish them luck. No matter what the movies do, here in Canada, if you smoke you are indeed an uneducated low life. Smoking is banned from all public places and there is even talk of banning it from public places outdoors.
Mar 16, 2012 6:04 AM
While I do not object, I do think also that the same measures should be applied to most food industries. We all know that they do much more damage to people's health, causing obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, that are more common than lung cancer. But I know, singling out tobacco companies is much easier.
Mar 16, 2012 2:07 PM
12In my opinion it's a little more complicated than that Fieldgate. I definitely agree with you in principle. I do not eat fast food or processed food.
The fact is though we do have to eat, we don't have to smoke and cigarettes contain nicotine which is a highly addictive drug causing physical dependancy. Most food additives, while not good for us, don't cause addicition, so, in theory, are more of a free will choice than smoking becomes.
Mar 17, 2012 2:24 AM
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