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Rango’ Under Fire For Smoking

Premiere of Paramount Pictures' "Rango" - Red Carpet
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Johnny Depp’s “Rango” hit theaters last weekend and the animated PG western is causing a stir among anti-smoking advocates who deem the number of times characters light up unacceptable. “A lot of kids are going to start smoking because of this movie,” said Stanton Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. Breathe California’s project “Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!” has been keeping a tally of instances where characters in “Rango” smoke, and Kori Titus, CEO of the nonprofit, says the numbers are up to 60. Titus says the only other animated film to match “Rango” was “101 Dalmatians,” whose character, Cruella De Vil, was a total chain-smoker. Rango has renewed the call by Glantz and other anti-smoking advocates for the MPAA to rate any film that shows smoking as “R.”

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