I’m not a smoker – never have been – but I’ve watched in amazement lately as the rights of smokers are increasingly encroached upon, for any number of reasons. Smoking, which is still legal and from which a great deal of tax revenue is derived, is increasingly lionized to the point where those who do smoke pretty much have nowhere to do so.
It was strange enough when the province of Ontario, Canada, outlawed smoking completely in the workplace, meaning that long distance truckers could no longer smoke in the cabs of their trucks. But now a complaint to the British mdia regulator has led to the removal of scenes in the cartoon "Tom and Jerry" that glorify smoking:
In the first, “Texas Tom”, the hapless cat Tom tries to impress a feline female by rolling a cigarette, lighting it and smoking it with one hand. In the second, “Tennis Chumps”, Tom’s opponent in a match smokes a large cigar.
“The licensee has … proposed editing any scenes or references in the series where smoking appeared to be condoned, acceptable, glamorized or where it might encourage imitation,” Ofcom said, adding that “Texas Tom” was one such example.
So attacking each other with axes and machetes won’t encourage imitation, but smoking a cigarette will.