Shurtleff Among AGs Talking Tobacco in Hollywood

Shurtleff Among AGs Talking Tobacco in Hollywood

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah's attorney general is talking tobacco with Hollywood movie moguls.

Mark Shurtleff was among several attorneys general who met with directors Rob Reiner, Steven Soderbergh ("Traffic") and Gary Ross ("Seabiscuit"), along with the Writers and Actors Guilds and other top production executives yesterday.

Shurtleff wants to keep cigarettes off the silver screen. He says he thought they'd meet resistance, but Hollywood executives were quite open.

The attorney general supports putting a 'content warning' on movies which have cigarettes in them. Utah teens also launched a campaign earlier this week. They'll be sending stars postcards asking them to stop smoking in movies.

Though teen smoking is down, about two-thousand minors take up smoking each day.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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