THE leader of a political party in South India has called for the banning of scenes depicting cigarette smoking in Tamil movies.
Tamil Nesan reported that Pattali Makkal Katchi leader Dr Ramadas made the call in conjunction with World Anti-Smoking Day last Saturday.
He said the number of smokers was rising every day, and that films were one of the factors that led to them picking up the habit.
Citing information from the World Health Organisation, Ramadas said that in the past youths were influenced by the actions of villains in the movies who were shown puffing away.
Now, movie-goers are following the ways of the heroes, who are also into smoking on the silver screen, he added.
He said that actors should take a stand that they would not act in scenes which required them to smoke. He also called on the people to boycott films which had these scenes.