martes, 14 de abril de 2015

Healthcare workers shocked over removal of tobacco warnings in films – 13 de Abril de 2015 – India

Healthcare providers and advocates for a tobacco-free society claim they are shocked at the latest plan of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to replace health warnings shown during movie scenes showing smoking.

“Leading film-makers in the country have submitted a representation to the government to withdraw the requirement for cinema halls to run a warning scroll whenever smoking scenes are shown on the screen,” said Voluntary Health Association of India director Seema Gupta.

She added that current film rules have been extremely effective in deglamorizing the use of tobacco in films.

“We should not succumb to pressure by the film industry,” Ms. Gupta added.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had in 2012 brought out a notification prohibiting smoking in films. Later, amended rules came into effect to remove practical difficulties faced in implementation of some erstwhile provisions.

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