China’s radio/TV/film watchdog cracks down on smoking scenes in programing. From China Daily:
The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), in a statement, criticized film and television producers for their indifference to non-smokers.
“Inspection organs at all levels should pay more attention to the excessive use of smoking scenes in movies and teleplays,” the statement said, according to a report in the Beijing News on Friday.
However, since there are no national laws banning tobacco, “there is no legal basis for completely prohibiting smoking scenes in teleplays and movies”, the announcement said. [Full Text]
[Image: poster for Hong Kong movie “A Better Tomorrow”, via chinadaily.com.cn]