National Council Against Smoking calls for a reduction of smoking impressions in movies

According to a study by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the US, tobacco use impressions or suggestions of smoking in movies have risen by 72% from 2010 to last year. According to Savera Kalideen, executive director of the National Council Against Smoking, smoking in movies "normalises' smoking behaviour to young people. In addition, by seeing people smoke in movies, teenagers aspire to "imitate to action packed lifestyles of the stars".

15 years of no smoking for James Bond! But what about the second hand smoke from his co-stars?

Did you James Bond stopped smoking in 2002? That's a good thing because being a secret agent who smokes is more dangerous than being a secret agent who doesn't. But, he has still exposed to second smoke from his romantic partners (we know there are a lot of those) and other characters in the movies! Bond smoked the most in the 1960's but had his last smoke in "Die Another Day" in 2002 even though his co-stars kept smoking. Of the 27 James Bond films, only 2006's "Casino Royale" didn't show any smoking. In the most recent 007 movie in 2015 ("Spectre"), Bond and his significant associates didn't smoke but other characters did. This resulted in an estimated 261 million "tobacco impressions" for


The French might be kissing more as they start to smoke less. The French prime minister has announced plans to increase the price of a pack of cigarettes to the equivalent of R150. This is in response to 80 000 tobacco-related deaths in France each year and research that higher cigarette prices result in fewer smokers.