Smoking in “Rango” accused of health risk to kids

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Anti-smoking groups are fuming about the alleged health risks to kids posed by Rango, a PG-rated animated feature with tobacco imagery.

Multiple characters use cigars and a cigarette in the film, released by Paramount and Nickelodeon last Friday. The hero, a chameleon, swallows a cigar being smoked by bullying gila monster Bad Bill, and then breathes/burps fire into his face.

“While some in the film industry have taken preliminary steps to protect young audiences by making more movies smoke-free, Paramount’s decision to include smoking in a movie designed for kids is really troubling,” Cheryl G. Healton, president and CEO of Legacy, said Monday.

Legacy is an organization dedicated to building a nanny-world where young people reject tobacco and where anyone can quit, and unicorns live in sugar shacks on the shores of a chocolate river.

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