ART TOPPLING tobacco has been thinking about tobacco use in the movies.30-Jan-2011 Realisation came when re reading "Jasper Jones " successful Australian novel by Craig Silvey , that is being made into a movie, that at least 20 times there appears descriptions of Jasper lighting up a cigarette. Movie screens HAVE TO HAVE a statement at the beginning and ending of screening , that says "CIGARETTE smoking in this film is in AN HISTORICAL context and is important to portray character. We acknowledge that cigarette smoking is highly addictive , causes many cancers, emphysema and death."
It should not be done blandly but with a cute little jumping dot that captures the audience.
Note too that "Jasper Jones " has underage drinking , so there is responsibility for that . Jasper is certainly on the road to addiction to alcohol and nicotine.
Note again What about the actors ? ( US movies state at the beginning that " No animal was harmed in the making of this film " ) Human animals need protection. Is there a way of making the smoking on screen fake so actors are protected.
Fay Thomson , director & sponsor of ART TOPPLING tobacco
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