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Quotes about smoking

It's who I am. I don't want to create a phony facade. I think I just have to be myself, otherwise I'd just be a paranoid mess.

Supermodel Kate Moss, rarely seen without a cigarette in her hand, on why she will never give up smoking. Contact Music, 19/07/2008

I personally don't believe that we should erase cigarettes in movies. I don't believe that we should erase when someone smokes a cigar in a movie. To all the sudden tell actors not to smoke a cigarette in a movie when they portray a character ... is ludicrous. I think this is going too far.

Cigar-loving California governor and action film star Arnold SchwarzeneggerInternational Herald Tribune, 12/07/2008

You can't go anywhere and smoke now - it's ruined my life. It's ruined the whole end of my life. At my age, I should be allowed concessions. I should be allowed to do as I please.

81-year-old actress June Brown, who plays chain-smoking soap legend Dot Branning on Eastenders. The Sun, 17/06/2008

The problem with this outlook is that it flies in the face of the very basis of a free democratic society. It undermines the idea that people are self-determining subjects. Instead we are posited as impressionable, prey to addictions, incapable of resisting advertising, compelled to act by the mere glimpse of a few fag packets.

Claire Fox, director of the Institute for Ideas, commenting on plans by the British government to remove cigarettes from display. The Spectator, 04/06/2008

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