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Children Barred From Seeing Classic Films Over Plans to Impose 18 Certificate for Smoking

Friday 14 August 2009

Children Barred From Seeing Classic Films Over Plans to Impose 18 Certificate for Smoking

‘Children under 18 will be banned from watching films that depict characters smoking under plans being considered by council ‘thought police’. An 18 certificate  -  usually reserved for movies with violent and sexual content  -  will be slapped on any film featuring smokers that fails to explain cigarettes are bad for you. 

Such titles include Disney’s classic 101 Dalmatians cartoon, in which the evil Cruella de Vil waves a cigarette holder. The ban will target new releases, but could affect older films such as 101 Dalmatians and Disney’s Peter Pan, the Little Mermaid and Pinnocchio if they are reissued and reclassified.’

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