Leonardo DiCaprio is often at the forefront of media gossip. If it’s not his latest model girlfriend or his international yacht parties, it’s his dedication to his craft and his acting awards (or lack thereof) that make the headlines.
Recently, however, DiCaprio was once again in the spotlight after the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards, where he was photographed vaping in public. The images of The Revenant star circulated the web for days, and it wasn’t long before he was criticised by the American Lung Association.
According to gossip website TMZ, the association found Leo’s habit “deeply troubling”, saying that it could harm people around him. Apparently, four senators have also complained about the incident, suggesting that young people might look up to the actor and take up vaping as a result.
Leo is one of the biggest names in acting known for his vaping habits, and is often seen with a vaping device in hand. What many of these anti-vaping voices fail to mention is that, like many vapers, DiCaprio is an ex-smoker who uses vaping as a way to avoid smoking cigarettes.
The use of vaping products is actually illegal in Los Angeles in public spaces such as restaurants and bars, but as the SAG awards took place in the Shrine Auditorium (a theatrical production site), Leo’s actions were perfectly legal.
That said, TMZ has also reported that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be initiating a strict anti-smoking and anti-vaping policy during the Oscars, which are to be held on the 28th of this month.
DiCaprio is still the favourite to win the Oscar for his leading role in The Revenant, and as it would be his first Oscar win, we can only hope that his hard work on screen eclipses his chosen method of smoking cessation off-screen in any media reports.