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  • In old time movies it was cool for actors to smoke cigarettes, cigars or even a pipe. It was super cool for the hero to light a cigarette and give it to the heroine. Then we figured out that smoking was bad for your health. Smoking also stunk up the house, caused the dog to bark at the moon and the cat occasionally missed the litter box.
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  • In old time movies it was cool for actors to smoke cigarettes, cigars or even a pipe. It was super cool for the hero to light a cigarette and give it to the heroine. Then we figured out that smoking was bad for your health. Smoking also stunk up the house, caused the dog to bark at the moon and the cat occasionally missed the litter box.
    So Hollywood eventually knocked off the smoking gig. Congress didn't even need to restrict cigarettes to five and a half smokes per pack or require six-inch filter tips.
    Over the years smoking became uncool. Besides, smoking wasn't making Hollywood any money. So Hollywood moved on to guns, violence and sex and made millions. TV came along and followed the movie gang, then the video game folks did the same and struck gold.
    We don't need more gun laws; we need an all-out national effort to make guns, violence and sex in the movies, TV and video games uncool. Even the news media could help.
    It probably will never happen.
    Maybe Obama could talk to his Hollywood buddies and ask them to cut down on guns, violence and sex. — C.A. Beck, Medford
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