Newswire: Marvel and Star Wars characters can’t smoke under Disney’s watch

Determined to ensure its young viewers grow up healthy enough to create more young viewers to sustain its franchises, Disney’s Bob Iger has announced that the studio will extend its policy on banning depictions of smoking to all of the youth-targeted movies under its banner. Iger issued the announcement during a shareholder Q&A in response to a critical care nurse, who cited a 2012 report linking children who witnessed smoking in movies and TV, then started doing it themselves. Iger agreed that the company would refrain from those depictions, allowing children to make their own, uninfluenced choices about the rich, satisfying flavor of tobacco.

Not only does this mean that Disney won’t put cigars in the mouths of any shucking-and-jiving crows for Tim Burton’s Dumbo, thus sidestepping any controversy. Or that Pixar’s Toy Story 4 won’t tug your heartstrings with a tale about the beloved …

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