Children’s Health: ‘Rango’ gets thumbs down for smoking
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Many health professionals are taking issue with Paramount’s new kids’ movie, “Rango,” which features multiple characters using cigars and cigarettes in the film. The main character, a chameleon, swallows a cigar and breathes fire in the face of a villain. “While the incidence of smoking in the movies has declined in recent years, the presence of smoking in a youth-oriented cartoon like “Rango” underscores the need for Hollywood to take stronger, mandatory action to protect our children. It’s time for the Motion Picture Association of America to require an R-rating for movies that depict smoking,” said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. -- American Academy of PediatricsThe Steuben Courier