The on-screen smoking controversy in France echoes a similar recurring debate in Indian cinema: should the authorities get in the way of art in the name of public health?
The industry’s interests are in “irreconcilable conflict with the interests of public health policy”, said the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2017.
Tobacco cultivation and the curing process contributes towards deforestation, soil depletion, loss of soil nutrients and pollution due to the heavy use of agrochemicals.
Smoking costs $1 trillion to the global economy, will kill eight million more people a year by 2030, the study by WHO and US National Cancer Institute said.
Widespread lawsuits holding the oil industry responsible for the climate crisis are likely to have significant consequences, similar to those that emerged from tobacco litigations in the 1990s.
The tobacco industry and its political backers have delayed the implementation of an important anti-smoking measure even as countries around the world are moving to the next stage of reform.
Gentle nudges are a better way of limiting tobacco consumption than hard shoves .
“Whatever needs to be done to curb tobacco consumption will be done,” health ministry officials said on the cigarette companies’ decision to close their factories over the new rules.
Cigarettes are getting most of the blame but the bidi industry has consistently squeezed concessions from the government.