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The priorities of the City of Liverpool

This, at 24dash.com outlines them:

"Health officials in a city are considering plans to impose 18 certificates on cinema films which show people smoking, it was announced today.

Liverpool City Council said the measure would mean films which include images of tobacco smoking would only be regarded as suitable for adult viewing.

The 18 rating would not apply to films which portray historical figures who actually smoked or those which provide a "clear and unambiguous portrayal of the dangers of smoking, other tobacco use, or second-hand smoke", the council said".
The consultation site can be found here.

The BBFC's guidelines for what can appear on screen in a 15 certificate film include the following:

Drug taking may be shown but the film as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse. The misuse of easily accessible and highly dangerous substances (for example,aerosols or solvents) is unlikely to be acceptable.

Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. The strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable. Strong sadistic or sexualised violence is also unlikely to be acceptable. There may be detailed verbal references to sexual violence but any portrayal of sexual violence must be discreet and have a strong contextual justification.

As the father of two boys under ten, I would rather they saw someone making progress with a meerschaum or a cohiba than either of the things just outlined. Furthermore, any child who walks a city's streets is rather more likely to see someone smoking than either of those activities

Should Liverpool City Council have its way - and doubtless other councils are itching to do the same - smoking will only fall short of the following:

where the material is in breach of the criminal law, or has been created through the commission of a criminal offence

any detailed portrayal of violent or dangerous acts, or of illegal drug use, which may cause harm to public health or morals.

There's also the pr0n rules, but less of that later.

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Blogger JuliaM said... 2:29 pm

"Health officials in a city are considering plans to impose 18 certificates on cinema films which show people smoking..."

That's 'Popeye' cartoons disallowed for the Saturday Morning Kid's Special then.

They do still have those, don't they? Two features plus a cartoon, and the lady comes round with the icecreams at intermission?  

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