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Should movies with smoking be classified as adults-only?

Should movies with smoking be classified as adults-only? (photo)

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Everyone knows smoking is terrible for you, makes you stink and is hell of expensive, but all the knowledge in the world can’t compete against one simple fact: Smoking makes you look pretty awesome, especially if you’re in a movie. Now, the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies is aiming to address that problem by calling for movies with smoking to be viewable by adults only.

Deadline reports that the endearingly anglicized Centre wants “all movies featuring smoking to be rated for adults only in Great Britain unless there’s a good reason for the characters to be lighting up.” There’s no official word on what would qualify as a “good reason,” but certainly “a desire for the refreshing menthol taste of KOOL brand cigarettes,” or “a compulsion to keep it classy with a pack of Virginia Slims,” will be included in whatever standards the Centre endorses.

The Centre’s recommendation follows a recent study by Bristol University that claims, “Smoking in films remains a major and persistent driver of smoking uptake among children and young people, which the actions of irresponsible filmmakers, incompetent regulators and insouciant politicians are abjectly failing to control.” Drawing the ire of the report were both “Avatar,” which depicted Sigourney Weaver sucking down the soothing, relaxing nicotine of a future cigarette and also “Remember Me,” the Robert Pattinson vehicle that featured the “Twilight” star smoking almost constantly.

What do you think about the UK Centre for Tomacco Control Studies’ suggestion? Is it sound advice to make smoking seem less cool, or just another example of special interests trying to chip away at the god-given freedoms of fictional characters to kill themselves in whatever manner they choose? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

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Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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