British film censors should take into account smoking scenes in movies when dispensing exhibition licenses, the British Medical Association said today (Monday). In a report, the BMA said that between 1950 and 1990, film portrayals of people smoking decreased but that the trend "has gone into reverse" over the past 20 years. The BMA called for laws requiring anti-smoking messages to be shown before every film in which smoking is portrayed positively. It also suggested that some films and TV shows include death scenes involving characters who have contracted smoking-related disease.

07/07/2008