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World Health Organization: No Kids Should See Films That Show Smoking

World Health Organization is fighting to bar children from seeing smoking in films without a guardian. As far as Zika virus goes, there is plenty of international coordinating to do.

The World Health Organization (WHO), granted great power and great responsibility to "promote and protect the health of all peoples," wants to make sure that children are not permitted to see a character in a movie smoking without a parent or guardian present,The Guardian reports.

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This would mean an end to unaccompanied youth access to such modern films as The Lord of the Rings and X-Men, as well as such children's classics as Pinocchio, Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians, and Little Mermaid.

They've spend their precious time in a world where Zika is on the spread to research and publish an entire monograph on the topic of characters in movies smoking.

This isn't unusual for the international bureaucracy, alas. In 2002, I reported in great detail on the WHO's strange status as world bureaucrats obsessed with curbing and controlling choices and behavior and at best, when it comes to infectious diseases, a coordinator of meeting and talking and planning and very little acting. As I wrote:

WHO's goal seems not so much to bring the world "health" as a physical condition as it is to bring the world under the control of the international mavens of "public health," the sociopolitical discipline....

One WHO propaganda book lists five things we'd be missing in "A World Without WHO" -- presumably what it considers its most important achievements. None of them had to do with curing a single disease in a single person. Instead, they aver that in "a world without WHO -- national health officials would not be able to count on global moral support in their battle against tobacco addiction," and "there would be no unifying moral and technical force to galvanize, guide and support countries in achieving health for all by the year 2000."....

When reading WHO's reports, press releases, and other documents, one struggles to find non-abstract nouns and verbs representing actions a human being might need a body to perform. While infectious diseases are thankfully becoming a less significant cause of death globally, they do still kill at least 3 million children every year, so one might expect WHO's rhetoric to be dominated by talk of inoculation and cure. Instead, one overwhelmingly finds talk of forming coalitions to manage and monitor systems that lay the groundwork for plans to coordinate actions to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to begin the process of forming coalitions, repeat as necessary.

Now when it comes to the Zika virus, WHO sounds largely the same, declaring and coordinating but perhaps not performing actions in the world that need to occur anywhere other than in a lecture hall or boardroom. 

Some are not impressed by WHO's all-"coordination," little-action in the real world approach, as The New York Times reports:

The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus and its suspected link to birth defects an international public health emergency on Monday, a rare move that signals the seriousness of the outbreak and gives countries new tools to fight it.....

At a news conference in Geneva, Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the W.H.O, acknowledged that the understanding of the connection between the Zika virus and microcephaly was hazy....

An emergency designation from the W.H.O. can prompt action and funding from governments and nonprofits around the world. It elevates the agency to the position of global coordinator and gives its decisions the force of international law...

But many health experts said Monday’s announcement lacked details, and they expressed concern that it would not jolt the agency into action. Among the most urgent needs, experts said, were aggressive efforts to control the populations of mosquitoes that spread Zika...

“They should have presented a specific list of interventions and the most obvious one is mosquito control,” said Dr. Peter J. Hotez, the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. “This is their window of opportunity.”

Our own domestic Centers for Disease Control healthism busybodies use our tax dollars meant to further the fight against disease to keep scrupulous track of "tobacco incidences" in American (non-R rated) film. (Jacob Sullum reported back in 2007 on the Motion Picture Association of America's folding smoking into the things it would inform parents about in film.)

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  • ||

    So they'd shit their pants when they see the baby smoking in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

  • CZmacure||

    Connie WIllis' "Remake" (1995) is a sci-fi novel set in the not-so-distant future in which the main character has the profession of redacting or bowlderizing all now verboten references to smoking, drinking, etc.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remake_(novel)

  • Rich||

    The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus ... an international public health emergency on Monday, a rare move that signals the seriousness of the outbreak

    "It's just awful! Somebody should do something about it, and soon!"

    *** looks to U.S. for more money ***

  • Sevo||

    OK, so far, the connection between the virus and micro-encephalitis is so far purely co-relational.
    And then, if you are to gripe about mosquito-borne diseases, please explain how DDT has been effectively banned, lo, these many years.
    And while we're discussing your (WHO) claims of "emergency", could you please explain why the deaths of 500K - 1M people PER YEAR while we discussed whether some birds might go extinct if we allowed the use of DDT?
    And why the WHO officials shouldn't be sent into the wilds with short sleeves and no repellent? I think that would be perfectly appropriate and cromulent.

  • Sevo||

    EDIT tab, please!

  • CZmacure||

    Seriously, all that Koch money can't buy a !@#! account at Disqus?

  • Ted S.||

    I hate the Disqus platform.

  • Zeb||

    The actual ban on DDT only applies to agricultural use. Which is actually a good thing when it comes to mosquito control as less resistance to the chemical is developed. A lot of countries stopped using it for a while, but went back to it because it works better than the alternatives. I believe that the WHO's official position now supports its use to control disease vectors.

    There is still a push for a total ban by environmentalists, but I think that the deaths caused by a DDT ban thing is a bit overplayed by some people. Had it never been restricted at all, it would probably be useless against mosquitoes by now.

  • C. Anacreon||

    I haven't had enough opportunity to see too much about Zika yet in the popular press.
    Is there any freaking out about what this might mean for the Olympics in Rio this summer?

  • Rich||


    A “tobacco incident” is one occurrence of smoking or other tobacco use in a movie.
    A “tobacco impression” is one person seeing one incident.
    “Impressions” are a measure of total audience exposure.

    Can't we get a *little* precision here?

    Is taking a puff an "incident"? Is the exhalation then a separate "incident"?
    Or is a *scene* of smoking an "incident"? What if there's a cutaway during the scene?
    Is an "impression" based on one person in the movie, in the audience, or both?
    What if a person just *hears* an incident?
    Does total exposure factor in the second-, third-, and fourth-hand tobacco actually *in* the audience?

    *** looks to U.S. for more money ***

  • pan fried wylie||

    What if there's a cutaway during the scene?

    What if the smoking occurs during a Famliy Guy cutaway gag?

  • Mint Berry Crunch||

    Then apparently a manatee selected an idea-ball marked "cigarette." So sue the manatee.

  • C. Anacreon||

    Can't we get a *little* precision here? Is taking a puff an "incident"? Is the exhalation then a separate "incident"?

    This is oddly reminiscent of the old columns by Joe Bob Briggs, the syndicated newspaper columnist and "Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, Texas" who would tell you how many breasts you'd see in a movie, as well as how many 'buckets of blood' and other metrics. Breasts could be counted as either one or two at a time, as sometimes you'd only see one in a certain 'incident' view in a drive-in movie.

  • pan fried wylie||

    the international mavens of "public health," the sociopathic discipline

  • GILMORE™||

    "one overwhelmingly finds talk of forming coalitions to manage and monitor systems that lay the groundwork for plans to coordinate actions to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to begin the process of forming coalitions"

    Spot on.

    I dated a girl who worked in "International Aid" for like 5 years. Everyone we socialized with worked for the UN, WHO, USAID, UNICEF, or some other international-alphabet-of-conference-attenders... OR they were teaching the subject somewhere, or they were between academic gigs and the next NGO.

    This "endlessly "coordinating", never doing"-nature of their world became apparent to me very quickly, but took a while for her to digest (she was coming right off getting her M. in international affairs degree).

    If you think the US Government is an appalling exercise in 'bureaucracy for its own sake'... dear god, don't get anywhere near the International NGO set. Its endless self-justifying bullshit on steroids. But at least they have better wine at the conferences.

    I was at one of these cocktail events and met a guy who'd "coordinated" something like $500million in spending for the Ford Foundation in Latin America in the 1970s. We hit it off immediately. I think i asked him what he thought the greatest "success" was. He looked me dead in the eye and said, "we'd probably have done more good staying the hell away". You could tell it was a conclusion that most people in the business eventually come to, but just don't say it.

  • ||

    You could tell it was a conclusion that most people in the business eventually come to, but just don't say it.

    Governor William J. Le Petomane: We've gotta protect our phoney baloney jobs, gentlemen!

  • ||

    Sounds like what they need is some Bono's Third World Products, Inc.!!

  • Lorenzo Zoil||

    I didn't get a harumph from that guy.

  • dinkster||

    Being stabbed in the chest by adamantium only lasts a moment, but lung cancer lasts forever.

  • np||

    Our own domestic Centers for Disease Control healthism busybodies use our tax dollars meant to further the fight against disease to keep scrupulous track of "tobacco incidences" in American (non-R rated) film. (Jacob Sullum reported back in 2007 on the Motion Picture Association of America's folding smoking into the things it would inform parents about in film.)

    This is probably a much easier target for the WHO to tackle, collaborating with the CDC to bring it to an international level, with a clearer objective of "success" if they can affect just a small amount regulatory change (and make no mistake, all nominally private age regulating organizations in the US are spawns of the government). It makes me wonder if smoking or a certain depictions of smoking will automatically trigger a higher age classification, like how a female nipple or certain cuss words do for the MPAA and ESRB.

  • Zeb||

    That seems somewhat likely. It's already pretty rare to see smoking in PG or PG-13 movies.

  • Quincy.||

    Whatever.

    *Takes long drag from cancer stick*

    I'll outlive all you fuckers.

  • Migrant Log Chipper||

    My grandmother made it to 94, smoked snags for 60 years.

  • NoVaNick||

    My six year old son asked me today what tobacco juice is. I asked him where he had heard about it, since I don't dip and, to my knowledge, nobody we know does either. Turns out, he had heard about it in the "Little House on the Prairie" book when his mom was reading it to him the other night.

    How long before WHO/CDC launches another program, and doles out six figure salaries to more hacks, to censor literature for any tobacco references? I've noticed pipes are especially popular in many children's classics (e.g. Curious George, Babar, The Night Before Christmas).

  • spqr2008||

    Do you have any older relatives who smoke? Most kids that aren't often exposed have a bad reaction to it at first, and if they're impolite little snots like me, they'll just up and say, "What's that nasty smell". I did that at age 3 to my grandma's friend and neighbor (cigarettes), to my step grandfather at age 4 (he was dying of lung cancer, so he figured cigars wouldn't hurt anything at that point), and to my uncle at age 7 (Pipe smoker for a long time, finally quit after a mild stroke, but you think I would've been more polite by 7, right?). And this was twenty five years ago, so smoking was a lot more prevalent than it is today. Your kid might not have encountered a lot of these things at his age, depending on what the laws are like in Northern Virginia.

  • Sevo||

    OT:
    SF has a 'homeless problem' (AKA bums), since the SF city gov generously hands out taxpayer money to the bums. Between the (taxpayer-supported) gov. imbeciles promoting bum-hood and feel-good private imbeciles doing likewise, we have a bum population that is not at all apologetic for being layabouts, but demanding of even more benefits; 'affordable housing'.
    Several imbeciles and whatever bums could be encouraged to get off their asses managed to get to the Embarcadero where the Super Bowl fans (and cameras) are, in the hopes of whining on national TV.
    Well, it turns out that the city gov has given them free housing, in the warehouse formerly occupied by Ellison for his rubber-ducky contest, so you can be assured it's more than tidy.
    The bums find it not really acceptable; not up to our level, doncha know, :::sniff:::.
    "Homeless advocates face off with cops at Super Bowl City"
    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/.....805378.php

  • GILMORE™||

    "in the warehouse formerly occupied by Ellison for his rubber-ducky contest,"

    lol

    The GREATEST AMERICAS CUP EVER!? you mean

    but seriously it was actually pretty great. if you like that sort of thing. And shouldn't you be happy he foots such a large share of the bill? I know SF spent money on it, but i'd guess the only reason they didn't turn a profit was their own bloody fault.

  • Sevo||

    "I know SF spent money on it, but i'd guess the only reason they didn't turn a profit was their own bloody fault."

    The gov't started by having that grease-ball Newsom (the only man in the universe who still uses Brylcream) 'negotiate' with Ellison; think Biden/Putin. After suitable compliments and camera time, he pretty much signed what Ellison handed him, keeping the risk on the SF taxpayer and the profit in Larry's pocket.
    And then the city decided since it was going to make the big bucks, they'd turn it into a jobs program. You KNOW how those work out.
    So, yeah, it was totally the fault of the city gov't; they designed it to fail.

  • NebulousFocus||

    Here in India they have disclaimers pop up every time someone smokes. Also they edit out cussing. They don't even attempt to educate, so they use social engineering of media.

  • GILMORE™||

    "Here in India they have disclaimers pop up every time someone smokes"

    What do they say?

    "Warning = You will never be as cool as this actor even if you smoke Bidis"

  • Ornithorhynchus||

    I read once that Woody Allen refused to release his films in India because of this.

  • ||

    I was going to post something along these lines as well. I am someplace where there is Indian TV as well. This and AFN endlessly hectoring me about all the vices I can think of (including a couple I hadn't even considered) make me want to huff paint while doing spice whilst gambling on domestic abuse.

  • Agile Cyborg||

    Fucking goddamn kids are gonna die at some point like the shitty goddamn adults filming this shit.

  • Agile Cyborg||

    we will all goddamn die boys. Sadly, our clouds will flat line. I don't fucking like this shit to be happen. I wish jesus was goddamn reals and crap and shit diapers.

    But, motherfuckers in the institutes of the fucking bureacrats playa zones... how bout you shitty social justice fucks hang with agile for a weekend and throw your goddamn marx bible on the coat rack for a bit? Your smarmy shitcrucks might wake up a bit on how real life here on the goddamn planet play tennis balls and green eyed alien nuts and shit.

    YOUR goddamn bureacratic SAVE HUMANS lives will get infections, cancers, or be eaten by a goddamn bear up on the hills and shit.

    Humans are like velvet. Bend it wrong ever so slightly and it looks dead when it normally might appear like cape worthy and shit and soft and eternally delightfell.

  • CZmacure||

    I like you, AC. Stay real.

  • NoVaNick||

    I would say that soon smoking will only be permitted in porn, but then I heard the other day some statistic that the average age a kid is likely to view porn for the first time is 10, so I guess it will be a no-no there too.

  • Agile Cyborg||

    Human wings are not deft but flap on cocaine bursts.
    Human wings exist like Santa fucking his slut Santa cunt. Santa cum flaps vigorously for a short period and then mama Santa rolls over and kicks Santa in the goddamn head and Santa wife pulls out the motherfucking black cock boy Santa stole from Nordic Carolines and she stuffs the boy in her vagina and shit
    Human wings flap up to the top of Waffle houses
    Human wings flap when cocaine spills from purses of motherfucking goddamn bitches in da IHOPZ!!!!!!
    Human wings flap when their hearts cry in the dark mountains
    Human wings fail when their dreams fall
    Human wings break when they jizz dreams on tall glittery buildings where the uncaring clouds flow
    Human wings are sucked into the vortex of hell when the greatest dreams of the young meet the resistance of flowing fields of billionaires who eat humans like steaks and plays

  • Agile Cyborg||

    underneath the floors of brains lives the small arms
    of short humans striving in the fake walls built on wheels
    on cinder blocks under the hills of catfish streams
    where deserts of dollars rim dreams that fail forever on a table of cards
    and tv dinners
    bro

    the sun falls undertown the limbs of white Ford trucks splattered with
    drunken pothead trips alongside muddy edges of desperation

  • Agile Cyborg||

    you know if you drive forever into farmland all the crops look the goddamn same
    and the wheels are larger than a goddamn house with little boys driving them
    like metal elephants bored from listening to fucking Nashville bits built on Coca cola
    and movies and shit.. . But little boys driving metal elephants under Ohio sunsets in
    a cornfield care about nothing but goddamn Xbox and shit and fucking Fallout 4

  • Robert||

    wants to make sure that children are not permitted to see a character in a movie smoking without a parent or guardian present


    This passage you write: I do not think it means what you think it means.

  • Robert||

    ...wants to make sure that children without a parent or guardian present are not permitted to see a character smoking in a movie...

  • CZmacure||

    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

  • Zeb||

    I'd say ambiguous but not wrong.

  • Agile Cyborg||

    perseverance breaks necks when the boy falls off a chicken house
    yea, happened in this agile's histories recently... extended bullshit genetic astro drama whipped a tizzy like a
    a show tornado coupla years back when Unca Levi fell off a hen house and his neck spat spine bones all over
    the fucking grass so his child told me... I believed her since she lost three fingers to meat mills and a horse kick
    Uncle Levi recovered just in time for his brother to be kicked in the head by a very tall rammish horse and the
    boy never recovered. I slip this sad retarded Amish boy mary jane when I visit him in Bowling Green twice a year. He rolls a very efficient jay.

  • Migrant Log Chipper||

    So the progs think people who hold the view that we should ditch the UN are right ring nuts.

    The UN makes it's own case that it's a giant money pit. Has the UN ever accomplished anything ever? Not that I'm aware of ...ever stopped a war or righted injustice anywhere ever...not that I'm aware of.

    The UN makes the Federal gov look relatively efficient. Riddle me this...why the fuck are we paying for the endless conferences (cocktail parties) for this set of international leeches? Other than Feelz this is a sunk cost....time for someone with balls (or a vajayjay Carly) to pull the fucking plug on this Kabuki theater.

  • PapayaSF||

  • ||

    "his open Afro-panderbating"

    I see the pic, but come ON man. That's just stupid.

  • Calidissident||

    Yeah, there's no way Paul actually stated sincere beliefs on principles, he must have just been pandering for black votes. Totally should have stuck to the strategy of just telling conservative white voters what they want to hear regardless of how unprincipled or inaccurate it is. That actually would have probably worked out better for him, but the fact that he didn't go down that route is a point in his favor, not against him.

  • JeremyR||

    While I'd like to think that, he did suck up to Al Sharpton. I don't think even liberals take him seriously anymore. You aren't going to get any points associating with Al Sharpton as a Republican.

  • Calidissident||

    Is it possible to meet with someone without "sucking up to them?" I'm not a fan of Sharpton and it probably was a bad move politically, but there are plenty of people other GOP candidates have met with that are just as or more odious.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Man, I thought I was cynical.

  • AlmightyJB||

    What about after gay sex scenes? Why is the WHO homophobic? I think soemeone needs to go to re-education camp.

  • Zeb||

    I would think that with the large decrease in smoking's popularity, this is a problem (if it s a problem) that would solve itself soon enough. But why let something happen organically when you can form committees and do stupid studies.

  • Lorenzo Zoil||

    "World Health Organization is fighting to bar children from seeing gays in films without a guardian."

    "World Health Organization is fighting to bar children from seeing violence in films without a guardian."

    "World Health Organization is fighting to bar children from seeing guns in films without a guardian."

    "World Health Organization is fighting to bar children from seeing religion in films without a guardian."

    "World Health Organization is fighting to bar children from seeing deniers in films without a guardian."

    "World Health Organization is fighting to bar children from seeing rednecks in films without a guardian."

    "World Health Organization is fighting to bar children from seeing noneducational films without a guardian."

    "World Health Organization is fighting to bar children from seeing Barney in films without a guardian."

    "World Health Organization is fighting to bar children from seeing unapproved films without a guardian."

    Nope, no there no reason to be concerned that there's slippery slope there at all.

  • Reverend Draco||

    I have a novel idea, WHO.

    Fuck off.

  • Alan@.4||

    Touche.

  • jabster||

    When "Grease" was rereleased for its 30th anniversary in 2008, the rating was upped from PG to PG-13, specifically because of "teen drinking and smoking". Remember, the drinking age was 18 in about half the country in 1978 (before RINO Liddy Dole came up with the Progressive-Approved(R) 21 National Minimum Drinking Age(R) to give the baby boomers permanent absolution for their 1970s indiscretions and scapegoat it all off on GenX), and a lot of states had NO smoking age at the time--you could legally go buy a pack of butts at any age, maybe even for your mama.

  • Alan@.4||

    Re the latest?? in WHO diktats, see the article's headline, in Western PA. there is an appropriate, somewhat crude expression that would be applicable to this UN mob. "Go pound salt".

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