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Gears 5 Won't Depict Tobacco Use After Non-Profit Claims It's Too Dangerous

1 month ago   |   By Game Skinny

Following a length showing at this year's E3, The Coalition's upcoming Gears 5 just got its first big broadcast over the weekend. Eagle-eyed viewers might have noticed one thing missing, though, and it's entirely by design: there was no tobacco usage depicted.
According to Variety , the non-profit, anti-smoking organization Truth Initiative reached out to ELeague's President, Rod Ferguson; ELeague is the organization that owns all eSports broadcasting rights for Gears 5 .
Truth Initiative asked that The Coalition remove all depictions of smoking in Gears 5. The request was formed based on...
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Why is there no smoking in Gears 5? It depends on who you ask

Why is there no smoking in Gears 5? It depends on who you ask

1 month ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / Don't expect any more cigar-chomping characters to show up in the Gears games going forward.
The upcoming Gears 5 will not feature any on-screen depictions or references to smoking, according to the developers at The Coalition. But the precise sequence of events leading to that decision is apparently up for some debate.
The smoke-free story gained attention over the weekend with a report in Variety that linked the decision to a pressure campaign from the anti-smoking advocates at the Truth Initiative. According to Variety, The Coalition decided to remove the smoking references...
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