Re "Screen vices," editorial, Aug. 23
Although I am vehemently against smoking, I believe that a film such as "Good Night, and Good Luck" could not have been accurate without depicting just how much people smoked back then, particularly Edward R. Murrow.
Perhaps they could add a list of which characters died as a direct result of smoking: "Edward R. Murrow -- died at age 57 of lung cancer," and so on for emphysema and other smoking-related diseases. And make it in BIG LETTERS.
The Times defends the practice of actors smoking in movies with the statement that it "can convey a tremendous amount of information about a character."