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Smoking Kidman Sparks Controversy
Sydney Morning Herald ^

Posted on 05/21/2003 7:59:02 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe

Australian actress Nicole Kidman has raised the ire of anti-smoking groups by lighting up a cigarette during her press conference at the Cannes Film Festival.

Footage was beamed around the world yesterday of Kidman lighting up at the annual event while promoting her new movie, Dogville.

The Oscar-winning actress was immediately admonished by the film's Danish director Lars Von Trier, but Kidman shrugged her shoulders and kept smoking.

It appears Kidman has smoked for years, with newspaper reports dating back to 1994 saying she had been spotted smoking.

Anti-smoking groups today said the image of Kidman smoking was a free advertisement for the tobacco industry and glamorised the habit.

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) chief executive Anne Jones said Kidman was perpetuating the image that smoking was associated with glamour, independence and success.

"It's worth millions to the tobacco industry to have celebrities smoking," she told AAP.

"It's unfortunate that she smoked at a media conference that potentially went to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Ms Jones said she would write to Kidman's Australian publicist highlighting the actress's responsibilities as a role model to millions of young women.

"She does have a right to smoke, but what I'm just saying is that smoking in front of millions of people contains this unfortunate association between smoking and glamour and success," she said.

"I will leave it to her to decide how she wants to use that information.

"I think given her role model status it would be really greatly appreciated by health groups and maybe parents in general if she didn't smoke in such a way."

Six thousand Australian women die each year from smoking-related illnesses, and 21 per cent of all Australian women over the age of 18 smoke.

Australian Democrats Senator Lyn Allison said tobacco use cost $21 billion a year in Australia and Kidman should use her position to discourage smoking.

"Many of Nicole Kidman's fans are young women and they have particularly alarming rates of addiction to tobacco," she said.

Senator Allison called on the federal government to fulfill its promise to introduce legislation requiring all films depicting smoking to carry a warning.

AAP


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: nicolekidman; pufflist
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1 posted on 05/21/2003 7:59:02 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Anti-smoking groups today said the image of Kidman smoking was a free advertisement for the tobacco industry and glamorised the habit.

Gee, we can't have that, can we?

2 posted on 05/21/2003 8:00:49 AM PDT by Liberal Classic (Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est.)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Nicole is smoking hot!
3 posted on 05/21/2003 8:01:24 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Worse than hitler.
4 posted on 05/21/2003 8:02:43 AM PDT by Colosis
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Why should we care if the Hollywoods smoke? As if they are gods and goddesses and must set an example against tobacco?
Get real.
5 posted on 05/21/2003 8:04:20 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Nicole can do anything she wants, Ive always viewed her as a smoking babe and I didn't even know she smoked.
6 posted on 05/21/2003 8:04:49 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Oh my gawd!
7 posted on 05/21/2003 8:05:45 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Must be a slow Australian news day..
8 posted on 05/21/2003 8:06:06 AM PDT by ewing
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To: Lunatic Fringe
"It's worth millions to the tobacco industry to have celebrities smoking," she told AAP. "It's unfortunate that she smoked at a media conference that potentially went to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Yeah, I know when I saw the conference, I just had to run out and buy a carton of smokes. I wanna be cool like Nicole... / sarcasm off
9 posted on 05/21/2003 8:06:30 AM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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To: Lunatic Fringe
"She does have a right to smoke, but what I'm just saying is that smoking in front of millions of people contains this unfortunate association between smoking and glamour and success," she said

And, Ms. Jones, you have the right to speak your mind. Now do shut up, please.

Someone better get AMC and TCM on the horn and have them edit out Bogie and Bacall's smokes. They looked way too cool....

10 posted on 05/21/2003 8:06:33 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: Lunatic Fringe
O.K. I'm anti-smoking. But if a private citizen chooses to light up a cigarette in a location where the owner says it's O.K. to smoke, it's her right and the anti-smoking groups should buzz off.

I never liked kissing smokers, but I could probably make an exception for Nicole.
11 posted on 05/21/2003 8:06:55 AM PDT by RonF
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Ms Jones said she would write to Kidman's Australian publicist highlighting the actress's responsibilities as a role model to millions of young women.

Side by side photos of Ms. Jones and Ms. Kidder would help me decide who's right on this matter.
12 posted on 05/21/2003 8:06:58 AM PDT by mr.pink
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Australian actress Nicole Kidman has raised the ire of anti-smoking groups by lighting up a cigarette during her press conference at the Cannes Film Festival.

Must be a real slow news day in Australia.

13 posted on 05/21/2003 8:07:25 AM PDT by Michael.SF. ('I'm voting Republican, the democrats left a bad taste in my mouth.' - M. Lewinsky)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
You've come a long way Baby.......
14 posted on 05/21/2003 8:07:31 AM PDT by SouthernFreebird
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Senator Allison called on the federal government to fulfill its promise to introduce legislation requiring all films depicting smoking to carry a warning

If we have to include warnings against all the destructive behaviors depicted in films, we will never get to the movie.

Of course, we don't need to issue warnings on all of them. Just the ones chosen by our PC elite. Now we only need to wait for the warnings concerning those things that are 'harmful' as defined by the same group releasing the warning. Such things as guns, marriage between a man and a woman, church, homeschooling, too much freedom, private property, personal responsibility, relying on something other than the federal governement, etc. You get the idea.

15 posted on 05/21/2003 8:08:01 AM PDT by Pete
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To: Lunatic Fringe
If she'd been smoking a joint, all would be well in Hollyweird and with liberals around the world.
16 posted on 05/21/2003 8:09:44 AM PDT by nmh
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Australian actress Nicole Kidman has raised the ire of anti-smoking groups

Some folks need their ire raised once in a while.

17 posted on 05/21/2003 8:11:23 AM PDT by TheBigB (You can't make someone love you. All you can do is stalk them and hope they panic and give in.)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Yea, and her dress is a put down to those women who are out of shape.
18 posted on 05/21/2003 8:12:17 AM PDT by BrooklynGOP
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To: nmh
I thought Kidman was a liberal, and didn't much care for her. But I DO like her better for smoking in public and shrugging it off.
19 posted on 05/21/2003 8:13:03 AM PDT by Judith Anne (Fulltime experienced tagline wanted, irregular hours, lousy pay, no benefits, mandatory overtime.)
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To: Liberal Classic
From this NON smoker to Nicole. Freedom is great isn't it? Pay no attention to the socialist/marxists who know what is best for you and me.
20 posted on 05/21/2003 8:13:20 AM PDT by PISANO
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To: Lunatic Fringe
It appears Kidman has smoked for years, with newspaper reports dating back to 1994 saying she had been spotted smoking.

Gambling at Rick's?!

Of course, she could have been doing blow for years and we'd hear nary a word from the Hollywoodistas.

21 posted on 05/21/2003 8:13:41 AM PDT by CaptRon
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To: Welsh Rabbit
Yeah, I know when I saw the conference, I just had to run out and buy a carton of smokes. I wanna be cool like Nicole

Same here when I saw the conference I wanted fun out and put on my white pumps/stockings/garter set and red wig and powder my face to that "dead gorgeous" pale look. But my wife was using the shoes and I was all out of hot red lipstick . . darn.

Uh, this IS a PRIVATE reply, isn't it???

22 posted on 05/21/2003 8:14:15 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: Lunatic Fringe
PHOTO?
23 posted on 05/21/2003 8:14:41 AM PDT by Nexus
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To: Lunatic Fringe
When you die if you EVER smoked then you died from tobacco, if you add up the number of smoking deaths each year(according to the nazis) and the number of second hand smoking deaths each year, THEY ADD UP TO MORE DEATHS that all the deaths in the country. It reminds me of when Masters and Johnson said 10% of the country is homosexual. The gay community pushed this number for years, but it's pure BS!
24 posted on 05/21/2003 8:14:54 AM PDT by Mister Baredog ((They wanted to kill 50,000 of us on 9/11, we will never forget!))
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To: Bisesi
That's exactly right, Chief. Smoking lamp is lit, smoke em if you got em.
25 posted on 05/21/2003 8:14:58 AM PDT by Liberal Classic (Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est.)
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To: Nexus

26 posted on 05/21/2003 8:16:25 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Republicam)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Ms Jones said she would write to Kidman's Australian publicist highlighting the actress's responsibilities as a role model to millions of young women.

And if I were Ms Kidman's publicist I would write to Ms Jones reminding her of her resposnibility to mind her own business.

27 posted on 05/21/2003 8:16:48 AM PDT by CaptRon
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Upon hearing this, I put an ashtray on my nightstand - just in case.
28 posted on 05/21/2003 8:16:59 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Paranoia is when you realize that tin foil hats just focus the mind control beams.)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

29 posted on 05/21/2003 8:17:34 AM PDT by Nexus
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To: Lunatic Fringe
But glamorizing homosexuality which shortens your life an average of 20 years is great! Stone her!!!

Pray for GW and the Truth

30 posted on 05/21/2003 8:18:46 AM PDT by bray (Old Glory Means Freedom)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Hope I don't break any "rules" with this:


31 posted on 05/21/2003 8:19:02 AM PDT by Nexus
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To: Nexus

32 posted on 05/21/2003 8:19:22 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS
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To: Cincinatus
Wow. Is that really her?
33 posted on 05/21/2003 8:19:43 AM PDT by Nexus
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To: KarlInOhio
Hope springs eternal in the human heart.
34 posted on 05/21/2003 8:21:15 AM PDT by gridlock (...Embarrassed, I placed the gun in a drawer and placed my hands on the desk...)
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To: mr.pink
As requested, but just to keep bias out of it, I won't tell you which is which until you decide:


35 posted on 05/21/2003 8:21:28 AM PDT by Gamecock (The PCA; We're the "intolerant" ones! (As seen on Taglinus FreeRepublicus, 11th Edition)
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To: Nexus
Is that really her?

So Google.com tells me.

36 posted on 05/21/2003 8:23:13 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Republicam)
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To: SheLion
She's now a hero of mine!
37 posted on 05/21/2003 8:23:22 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Bush/Rice 2004- pray for our troops)
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To: Nexus
Is that 'Eyes Wide Shut' or 'To Die For?'
38 posted on 05/21/2003 8:23:30 AM PDT by ewing
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To: Judith Anne
But I DO like her better for smoking in public and shrugging it off.

Me too. It's funny, I'm not a smoker, but all PC anti-smoking hysteria has made smoking seem like an act of rugged individuality nowadays, so I applaud people who shamelessly light up in public.
39 posted on 05/21/2003 8:24:02 AM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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To: Gamecock
LOL...thanks.
40 posted on 05/21/2003 8:24:59 AM PDT by mr.pink
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To: Welsh Rabbit
Just like someone drinking Budweiser on film...yeah, I want some of that clydesdale urine.
41 posted on 05/21/2003 8:25:11 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Go Fast, Turn Left!)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
I can't stop laughing about this. Sheesh, she should put out the butt and blast George Bush if she wants to gain acceptance from the wacky PC left.
42 posted on 05/21/2003 8:26:10 AM PDT by 1Old Pro (The Dems are self-destructing before our eyes, How Great is That !)
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To: Nexus

43 posted on 05/21/2003 8:27:45 AM PDT by ewing
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To: Gamecock
Oh gawd. Did you have to do that?
44 posted on 05/21/2003 8:28:33 AM PDT by Nexus
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To: ewing
I don't normally do dishes but in that scene I could make an exception.
45 posted on 05/21/2003 8:29:52 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: ewing
Is that 'Eyes Wide Shut' or 'To Die For?'

Not sure. The source doesn't say.

BTW, your post #43 is unbelievable!

46 posted on 05/21/2003 8:30:32 AM PDT by Nexus
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47 posted on 05/21/2003 8:33:14 AM PDT by Nexus
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To: Nexus
It may have been stage play 'Blue Room' in London which a critic called the barely clad Kidman 'theatrical Viagra!'
48 posted on 05/21/2003 8:33:54 AM PDT by ewing
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To: HEY4QDEMS

49 posted on 05/21/2003 8:35:24 AM PDT by ewing
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To: Lunatic Fringe

50 posted on 05/21/2003 8:35:29 AM PDT by Nexus
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