You may have observed the MPAA also started smoking in their reasons for the rating. Turmoil surrounding the decision slightly faded, especially because smoking is now twenty percent of the offensive to the American public as drunk driving, but a lot of other countries where smoking is more common, this is still a hot button issue.
No country in the world, buys more cigarettes than China, and after a new study, Chinese children are more likely to smoke after seeing the movie stars do, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has decided to fix the law.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, movies will no longer be allowed to depict minors smoking or buying tobacco products, as well as anyone lighting anywhere smoking is banned. This includes all public buildings and will probably be the sorriest point of contention for filmmakers.
That being said, movies are supposed to, for the most part, glorify realism, and if you can’t smoke in certain places, films should depict that, or at least implement consequences if characters do. As to whether or not it’s realistic for minors not to light up, it probably isn’t, but as long as surveys showing it influences children are released, decisions like this will continue.
Now it just remains to be seen whether this will be implemented or even how long it lasts. Tobacco is big business in China, and more than seventy-five billion was paid in taxes by the state run smoking industry.
This is a serious lobbying and is unlikely to be pleased with this development. No word on if this will affect foreign films, but with the Chinese market continues to grow, Hollywood will be forced to take notice.