Lefty Toronto city councillor Joe Mihevic is at it again this time demanding that any cinematic content depicting smoking be rated 18-A.
In Ontario, the 18-A rating is typically slapped on films that depict explicit violence, frequent coarse language, sexual activity and horror. Thus, in his role as public health board chair, Mihevic wants films re-classified if a character takes a drag on a Marlboro.
Mihevic explains it this way in a Toronto Star article:
We did [smoking restrictions] with restaurants, hospitals, workplaces, and now this is the new frontier. This is not about the nanny state, this is about a state that cares about the well-being of its residents.
Actually, a state that overly cares about the well-being of its residents is the very definition of a nanny state.
As Health Board Chair, Joe should stick to making sure the water is drinkable and restaurants operate in a sanitary fashion.