Does “Rango” Promote Smoking?

Johnny Depp’s new animated movie “Rango” opened at the top of the box office this past weekend.  Now anti-smoking advocates getting upset because “Rango” is rated PG, and it contains at least 60 instances of characters smoking. 

One group says that the only other animated film on par with that is 101 Dalmatians,” which contains about 60 instances of Cruella De Vil smoking. 

Stanton Glantz of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education says, quote, “A lot of kids are going to start smoking because of this movie.”

A spokesperson for Paramount Pictures released a statement saying “The images of smoking in the film … are portrayed by supporting characters and are not intended to be celebrated or emulated.”

Unfortunately that’s not enough for Glantz and other anti-smoking lobbyists, who are now pushing for Rango to be given an ‘R’ (or ‘Restricted’) rating.


What do you think?  Does “Rango” promote smoking to children?  Should movies that contain instances of smoking be rated R???

Here’s the discussion from today’s show: