Should Hollywood Movies Be Smoke-Free?

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Anti-tobacco activists call Oscar-nominated In the Bedroom a free promotion for Marlboro Cigarettes, and the American Lung Association is giving Sissy Spacek its "Hackademy Award." But director Todd Field denies that his film glamorizes smoking and has protested such accusations as "cultural McCarthyism." Now, an anti-smoking crusader who helped bring the tobacco industry to its knees has made Hollywood movies his latest crusade. Dr. Stan Glantz wants to give an "R" rating to movies in which actors smoke. We speak with the director and the doctor about smooking, peer pressure, product placement, and the power of movies.
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Los Angeles Times Poll

California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions


Valley VOTE

In the Bedroom

The Cigarette Papers

Smoke Free Movies

The Tobacco War



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton