Recently World Health Organization has indicated that every year India is spending more to cure the diseases like lung and oral cancers arising due to the use of killer tobacco in any form and it is taking 10 lakh lives every year in India alone. The hardships of the families of these diseased are much more. Tobacco is such a harmful commodity that it not only affects its users but also others, passive smokers, who do not use it directly. Cigarette smoke contains over 4000 chemicals and most of them can cause severe health hazards. Hence, smoking in the films or TV shows should be totally banned. Inclusion of warning messages along with smoking scenes may not serve the purpose and they should be totally banned as youth can easily get influenced by such scenes. Printing the big sized warning signs on the packs may have some impact in minimizing its use.
Dr S V N Vijayendra, Mysuru