"Tobacco is not an illegal substance yet the government is persecuting a minority. I think that's a disgrace in a social democracy."
Sir Ronald Harwood,
Playwright and screenwriter
It's who I am. I don't want to create a phony facade. I think I just have to be myself, otherwise I'd just be a paranoid mess.
I personally don't believe that we should erase cigarettes in movies. I don't believe that we should erase when someone smokes a cigar in a movie. To all the sudden tell actors not to smoke a cigarette in a movie when they portray a character ... is ludicrous. I think this is going too far.
You can't go anywhere and smoke now - it's ruined my life. It's ruined the whole end of my life. At my age, I should be allowed concessions. I should be allowed to do as I please.
The problem with this outlook is that it flies in the face of the very basis of a free democratic society. It undermines the idea that people are self-determining subjects. Instead we are posited as impressionable, prey to addictions, incapable of resisting advertising, compelled to act by the mere glimpse of a few fag packets.
Are you tired of being targetted for your smoking habit?