12. Smoking in Avatar Avatar came out in 2009, and was supposed to be set in the future. Grace, a scientist, played by Sigourney Weaver, is a smoker. Many smoking in the movies advocacy groups targeted James Cameron and said that he made a mistake by including smoking in Avatar.
14. “ I wanted Grace to be a character who is initially off-putting and even unpleasant. She’s rude, she swears, she drinks, she smokes. She is not meant to be an aspirational role model to teenagers —” -James Cameron, Director of Avatar, in response to criticism about smoking in his movie “ I do agree that young role-model characters should not smoke in movies, especially in a way which suggests that it makes them cooler or more accepted by their peers. In the same way that I would never show lying, cheating, stealing or killing as cool, or aspirational, I would never portray smoking that way.” -James Cameron
20. Disney statement “ Disney has determined not to depict smoking in movies produced by the Company that carries the Disney brand, except in limited circumstances. “ Disney must also consider the creative vision of directors…. we seek to respect their views when they honestly believe the depiction of smoking is important to a movie.”