A complaint for years is that movies glorify smoking. This is not always the case, however, and some movies show smoking in a negative light. These movies help show that smoking is not always glamorous or good.
5. “Clerks.” (1994)
There is only one movie in the View Askewniverse that even calls attention to cigarettes, and that is “Clerks.” In this movie, we not only have the speech given by the gum representative that shows just how bad smoking is, but we have Dante eventually paying the price for Randal selling a pack of cigarettes to a four-year-old.
4. “Thank You for Smoking” (2006)
“Thank You for Smoking” follows a nicotine lobbyist who tries to defend the rights of smokers throughout the movie. He ends up dating a reporter that reveals some of the things the people he’s worked for has done, like buying the silence of a cancer stricken former cigarette spokesperson. Ultimately, the character says he doesn’t think there needs to be more warnings on cigarettes, but he does admit that smoking is bad.
3. “Constantine” (2005)
In “Constantine,” the title character is dying from cancer from smoking 30 cigarettes a day. Because of the life he lives, he also gets sent to Hell. Eventually, Constantine saves a soul, which will allow him to go to Heaven, but Lucifer doesn’t like that idea and cures Constantine so he can try to get him again. Given a second chance at life, Constantine switches to gum.
2. “101 Dalmations” (1961)
Cruella De Vil is a villain that always sticks out. While her half-black, half-white hair and fur coat are iconic, she’s just not complete without her cigarette in the holder. The green smoke that comes out of her cigarette is just completely vile, and certainly manages to get the message across that smoking is not wholesome.
1. “Beetlejuice” (1988)
“Beetlejuice” is actually a great movie example of why smoking is bad. Almost everyone who smokes in the movie is dead. The only exception is a woman who looks completely frail and unhealthy. There are at least two people in the movie who died from smoking: Juno, who smokes through the hole in her neck, and the guy in the lobby who offers Barbara and Adam a cigarette and it’s obvious he’s been burned up.
While there is a perfectly valid argument that smoking is depicted way too much in movies, sometimes these depictions are not good ones. These movies show that smoking can be shown to be less than glamorous.