Deaths Behind the Limelight. Hollywood personalities who smoked themselves to death and other stories. On the contrary to what is glamorized in the movies, movie stars know what smoking can do to them. Throat cancer patient and "Basic Instinct" writer Joe Eszterhas says:.
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Hollywood personalities who smoked themselves to death
and other stories
“Hollywood films espouse a belief in
goodness and redemption.
Yet we are the advertising agency and
sales force for an industry
that kills nearly
10,000 people daily . . .
My hands are bloody; so are Hollywood’s.”
ESZTERHAS, J. ESZTERHAS: Hollywood's Responsibility for Smoking Deaths, New York Times, Friday, August 9, 2002
and tobacco industry made use of
movie industry to advertise its
It is known as “product placement”
Non-smoker woman reporter Lois Lane in comics puffed Marlboro about 40 times in Superman II!
Aamir Khan, a smoker, received
several offers to advertise
cigarette, tobacco, gutka
and alcohol but “I always
refuse them because I do not
want to mislead my fans”.
… and many others.
Cucu Datuk Merah (1963)
Malaysian movie industry has to play a take the initiative in liberating its productions from smoking scenes.Think of it as a corporate duty to the youth and to society as a whole.
Clearinghouse for Tobacco Control,
National Poison Centre,
Universiti Sains Malaysia,
tel: 604-657 0099
fax: 604-656 8417