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DISNEY POSTS NO-SMOKING SIGN

Walt Disney on Wednesday became the first major Hollywood studio to ban depictions of smoking, saying that smoking would not be allowed in its family-oriented, Disney-branded films and that it would "discourage" smoking in films distributed by its Touchstone and Miramax labels. Disney chief executive Robert Iger also said in a letter to Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., whose committee last month held hearings on the effects of movie images on children, that the studio would place antismoking public service announcements on DVDs of any future films that feature cigarette smoking, Reuters reported. He said the company would encourage theater owners to show anti-smoking public service announcements before such films.

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