‘Desperate Housewives’ Star Blasts ‘Mad Men’ for Smoking Scenes

Celebuzz | August 23, 2010 - 11:55 am

Warning: Watching Mad Men could be hazardous to your health. At least, according to Desperate Housewives actress Kathryn Joosten.

The 70-year-old actress, who plays Karen McCluskey on Housewives and has twice survived lung cancer, is taking aim at the hit AMC series for its historically accurate but currently un-PC habit of showing its characters smoking. Joosten tells E! Online,

“I think they should at least have a disclaimer at the front of the show saying smoking is relevant to the time and place with the subject matter we’re dealing with and it is not recommended because it causes cancer. They should at least do that.”

McCluskey, who kicked her 45-year cigarette habit in 2001 after first being diagnosed with cancer, also believes that Mad Men’s producers should provide annual chest X-rays “for any member of the cast and crew who wants one.”

What do you think—should Jon Hamm and the Mad Men crew ditch the ciggies for their viewers’ sake, or at least include a warning at the beginning of episodes? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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