Have you noticed how different Bridget Jones’s Diary looks in today’s public smoking ban society?

At the time of the film’s 2001 release, it wasn’t an uncommon sight to see people like Bridget smoking like this everywhere. Today though, scenes featuring people smoking in pubs and restaurants look downright strange, and ditzy singleton Bridget herself – puffing away endlessly like a chimney – appears to have a seriously unhealthy habit. We forget how prevalent it was back then.

Nevertheless, if you’re now worrying about the impact of these movies on actress Renée Zellweger‘s health, then do calm down. Renée actually smoked herbal cigarettes rather than tobacco during these scenes.

Phew!

Bridget Jones’s Diary is showing tonight – Tuesday 17th April – on ITV2 @ 10pm

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