If you turned on a TV in the last three weeks, you likely saw Charlie Sheen taking on CBS, losing his job, getting his kids taken away and somehow still “Winning”. All the while, Sheen seemed to be attached to a cigarette. A celebrity smoking is a bit of a faux pas in Hollywood and the media in general. This brought on some heavy debate about the smoking culture in America. An e-cigarette company even offered Sheen a year supply of e-cigs to use instead of his traditional cigarettes.
Charlie Sheen wasn’t the only celebrity ruffling the feathers of anti-smoking media outlets; Kate Moss smoked a cigarette on her way down the runway at a Louis Vuitton fashion show in Paris. The response was equally negative as many big names in fashion thought the act was deplorable. Interestingly enough, because smoking has been banned in public places in France since 2007 – she was actually breaking the law. The move was also ill-timed since she did in fact smoke on No Smoking Day in England which is her native country.
Though Sheen and Moss garnered most of the negative press on smoking, Uma Thurman was also spotted smoking by paparazzi in the middle of a hike last week in Beverly Hills. Celebrities seem to be increasingly under attack by the media for smoking. Understandably, the media believes they are setting a bad example for the youth and non-smokers. Interestingly, press coverage seems to be different for celebrities who are caught smoking electronic cigarettes such as <a href=”http://ecigs-today.com/?p=760″>Kathryn Heigl whose appearance on David Letterman</a> was seen as memorable, rather than infamous. Other celebrities spotted smoking e-cigarettes include Brittany Spears, Leonardo DiCaprio, Paris Hilton, and most recently – Johnny Depp in his latest movie The Tourist’.