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Kicking ash: India huffs at onscreen puffs

Sarah's smoke(c)raypride.jpgIndia’s IBNLive reports that “all movies and TV programmes will be screened to ensure that they don’t contain smoking scenes don’t contain smoking scenes, said Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on World No-Tobacco Day, Wednesday. The Health Ministry and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry have agreed to ban smoking scenes in movies… The ministries will notify the Supreme Court, where the matter is pending, that they have reached a consensus on banning smoking and use of other tobacco products.” A million Indians are estimated to die each year from tobacco use. “A committee would screen every movie and TV programme to filter out smoking scenes. If the committee finds that a smoking scene is necessary from the ”artistic point of view,” then the film would carry an advisory. The actor shown smoking would need to state that smoking its injurious for health. Old movies containing smoking too would have to carry the advisory.”

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