Disney Bans Smoking In Future Film Productions

Disney announced they would no longer allow smoking in any of their future films. Disney CEO and Chairman, Bob Iger made an announcement last Thursday at a stockholders meeting.

Iger provided the following comment regarding Disney’s new policy.

“We are extending our policy to prohibit smoking in movies across the board: Marvel, Lucas, Pixar and Disney films.”

The Wrap reported what prompted Disney’s decision to ban smoking in their films. It turns out; a San Francisco critical care nurse by the name of Gina Schuler shared the 2012 Surgeon General’s report “Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults” with the Disney executive.

The report claims there is a link between television and movies that have characters who smoke in them and how children who watch those films or TV shows become influenced to the point where they take up the deadly habit.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides the 2012 Surgeon General’s complete report, executive summary, and overview to everyone.

Disney films have many characters that smoke pipes of tobacco and other substances, cigars, and cigarettes. In fact, the first scenes of the Disney film, Mrs. Doubtfire shows cartoon characters smoking a cigarette.

In the scene, Robin Williams expresses his concern to the producer that children should not see smoking in films–that cartoon characters smoking cigarettes is morally irresponsible. Ultimately, Williams takes a stand for his belief.