- Smoking Prevalent In Cartoon Films
- A study released today, March 19, 1999, shows that over two-thirds of G-rated
cartoon films over the past 60 years show characters smoking or
University of North Carolina professor Adam Goldstein
viewed 50 films from 1937-1997 and found that heroes smoked and
drank just as much as villains did and there were no
anti-smoking or anti-drinking verbal messages.
"There was not a change over time, and substance use continued at this high rate
even though concern about tobacco use is at a feverish pace,"
Disney spokesperson Claudia Peters responded,
"The suggestion that we support alcohol and tobacco use is
absurd." She added that substance use is discouraged by Disney,
"with a rare exception where it is relevant to the character or
- USA TODAY, (3/19/99) "Cartoons Haven't Kicked Bad Habits", Karen Thomas, p. E2
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