16 Feb '11, 9am

China limits smoking in films & TV shows

BEIJING - China is ordering makers of films and television shows to limit the amount of smoking depicted on-screen, the latest effort to curb rampant tobacco use in the country with the largest number of smokers in the world. The order from the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television requires producers to minimise plot lines and scenes involving tobacco and show smoking only when necessary for artistic purposes or character development. Minors under the age of 18 cannot be shown smoking or buying cigarettes and characters may not smoke in public buildings or other places where smoking is banned. Where possible, actors and directors are encouraged to leave smoking out of their productions, the circular said, adding that images of smoking in movies and television shows were out of sync with government efforts to control tobacco use. The order does not mention over...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110216-0000206/China-...

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