Friday, March 13, 2015

Disney Expands On-Screen Smoking Ban to Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm

Disney Company will strive to be a good role-model for children and a corporation that other will be able to look up to – was the message that was sent to the society by Bob Iger, the CEO. As it stands, Disney accepted the proposal to ban all smoking scenes in their movies.

“We are extending our policy to prohibit smoking in movies across the board: Marvel, Lucas, Pixar and Disney films,” Iger said, after being prompted by a critical care nurse in the crowd — who is also a Disney shareholder — during the lengthy Q&A period.

The 2012 Surgeon General’s research has brought to light the potential connection between children witnessing the act of smoking on TV and then developing a habit of their own, reports San Francisco’s healthcare professional Gina Schuler.

The only exception will be when a certain person, confirmed by historical data, was a known smoker. For example, it would be acceptable to depict Abraham Lincoln, a known smoker, in a scene involving smoking.

But regarding any characters created for the purpose of any Disney’s title, smoking will be strictly prohibited – Iger stated, receiving a huge round of applause.

From the beginning of 2014 and up until now, Disney refrained from any smoking scenes in their titles altogether, but on the other hand, Schuler reports,  43% of all Marvel Studio’s PG-13 and under titles had some form of smoking depicted in them.


  1. Applying rules to creative people where they cannot create a new character that smokes seems like a violation of free speech or creative expression.

  2. Anonymous

    What the heck is Nick Fury going to put in his mouth then? A lollipop?

  3. Anonymous

    Smoking on screen does not create children smokers.
    I did it because my peers did it and they did it because they wanted to emulate their parents.
    What these bans do create is a soft , weak generation incapable of handling reality / the real world.
    I feel sorry for the late 90s early 2000 children.
    You're screwed. Enjoy your facebook and political correctness and the ability to gender identify as a man , woman , fairy or fox.
    We have lost our way through nanny bans and political correctness.

  4. Anonymous

    A study showed that children who witness a particular behavior by someone else will imitate that behavior themselves? Damn that seems like money well spent, next thing you know they'll be telling us that they children like to put small pieces of toys in their mouth and shouldn't be playing around with matches, duh.

  5. Anonymous

    Wolverine can't smoke anymore? If all that stuff happened to me, I'd still be a smoker.

  6. One more reason to remove the racist cigar-smoking crows from the upcoming Tim Burton Dumbo movie.

  7. This is stupid and unnecessary

  8. Anonymous

    Pinocchio smoking a cigar was meant to show his fall from grace. He succumbed to temptation. It wasn't meant to get kids excited about smoking Swisher Sweets.