Smoking lost in the war of egos

Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said public icons who passed off smoking on screens as ‘creative liberty’ should take a leaf out of the book of actors like Aamir Khan how to use the artistic tool.

“Look at Taare Zammen Pe”, he said, saying the film has helped in changing the mindset of thousands of teachers and parents in looking at the problem of dyslexia.

According to Ramadoss, increasing tobacco abuse by students was a growing matter of concern.The Indian component of the Global Youth Tobacco Survey indicated that nearly 10 per cent of Indian high school going students used tobacco products.

It just seems a war of egos now. The main cause of “No smoking” has been lost somewhere in the smoke.

Ramadoss had last month said Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan can learn a thing or two from superstar Rajinikant regarding smoking on screen. He had also said Khan should not have smoked in the stands while watching a cricket match in Mumbai.