Disney bans smoking for all future children's films
Disney have announced that they are banning smoking from any of their future films that could be seen by children.
The studio have announced that no character in a film rated PG-13 (The UK equivalent of 12A) or lower will be seen smoking, including in all productions from Marvel, LucasFilm and Pixar, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Speaking about the decision, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the company was extending its tough stance, but did concede that some characters in some movies may have to be depicted smoking, but only for the sake of historical accuracy.
He said: "We are extending our policy to prohibit smoking in movies across the board. For instance, we've been doing a movie on Abraham Lincoln, he was a smoker, and we would consider that acceptable. But in terms of any new characters that are created for any of those films, under any of those labels, we will absolutely prohibit smoking in any of those films."
Several classic Disney characters have been depicted as smokers, including 101 Dalmatians' villain Cruella De Vil and Pinocchio.