Ramadoss To Challenge Court's Ruling To Lift Smoking Ban In Films

by VR Sreeraman on  January 30, 2009 at 11:49 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
 Ramadoss To Challenge Court's Ruling To Lift Smoking Ban In Films
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss has said that he will challenge the decision of the court overturning a central ban on smoking in films.

Ramadoss said the court decision was divided and the Central Government's decision to ban smoking in films was based on the decision of the World Health Organisation (WHO) not to glorify smoking by projecting it in movies.

"Definitely we are going to challenge it because in the High Court it was a divided decision like, divided verdict like. judge was accepting and one judge was not, then it went to other judges but we are taking a decision based on scientific evidence," he said.

On January 23, the Delhi High Court had struck down the Central Government's plea of banning smoking scenes in films on the ground that onscreen smoking is a part of the artist's creative licence.

The ruling came after film director Mahesh Bhatt challenged the government's order to ban smoking scenes in films.

Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul struck down the rules framed by Centre, saying, "Director of films should not have multifarious authorities breathing down their necks when indulging in a creative act."

Source: ANI

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More than 50 studies show that human papillomaviruses cause over ten times more lung cancers than they pretend are caused by secondhand smoke. Passive smokers are more likely to have been exposed to this virus, so the anti-smokers' studies, which are all based on nothing but lifestyle questionnaires, have been cynically DESIGNED to falsely blame passive smoking for all those extra lung cancers that are really caused by HPV.
CarolT Friday, January 30, 2009

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