France to Allow Depiction of Cigarette Smoking in Artwork

Many of France’s famous citizens have been iconic chain-smokers. But, the country had banned the depiction of cigarette smoking by famous French citizens in artwork and ads. Recently, that ban has been lifted.

Didier Mathus, a member of Parliament, stated that because of health concerns, art and even history was being changed. There are many examples of artwork being changed because of the depiction of cigarette smoking. In a 1996 stamp, writer Andre Malraux’s famous portrait was changed by removing the cigarette on his lips.

In 2005, catalogs and advertisements for an exhibit on Sartre, removed a cigarette butt from the philosopher’s fingers. Many people think such moves do not have any impact on smokers. There are so many ads that people do not even notice, they say.

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