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Indian government bans smoking in new films and TV serials

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 23 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1468
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    After weeks of debate over a proposal from the health ministry, the Indian government has decided to ban the portrayal of smoking in new films. Consumer groups and doctors have welcomed the move.

    The ban on the portrayal of smoking or other uses of tobacco, announced by the information and broadcasting ministry last week, will apply to films and television serials produced after 2 October 2005.

    Citing studies of how films influence attitudes to tobacco among young people, the health ministry had originally proposed a ban on the use of tobacco in all films and television serials. …

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