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Delhi govt official writes to Union Health Ministry to stop promotion of smoking in three web series

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A of the has asked the Union Ministry to stop promotion of and 'hookah' in the three - 'Made in Heaven', 'Mirzapur' and 'Four More Shots Please' being aired on Prime Video.

Additional Director in Delhi Department Dr S K has also written to and producers of all these shows for stopping these violations immediately "on legal and moral grounds as well".

said the office of has replied that they has received the complaint and will respond shortly.

has also written separately to producers Zoya Akhtar, and on the issue.

In his letter Arora said section 5 of Cigarette and Other Act 2003 (COTPA) prohibits the advertisement, promotion and sponsorship of and this prohibition extends to the depiction of or their use in films, television and

"These days lot of movies and TV serials are being shown on which are primarily viewed by youngsters either on or on smart TV. There are many global players in this in

"Among them I want to bring to your notice some episodes of TV serials namely 'Mirzapur', 'Four more Shots Please' and 'Made in Heaven' being shown on Prime Video which are showing usage of tobacco scenes without any static warning and other legal provisions to be followed in such TV serials showing tobacco usage," Dr Arora, who was earlier heading Delhi State Tobacco Control cell, said.

In his letter, Arora said "shockingly" one of the episodes of 'Made in Heaven' promotes how to make at home from plastic bottles.

All these are promoting and smoking among the youngsters who may easily get influenced as these serials are being produced and acted by their favourite TV and film stars, he said.

"I take this opportunity to inform that children in the age group of 6-10 yrs have been observed by me using such indigenously made hookahs. This is really very serious situation from public health point of view," he said, adding these violations are punishable under section 5 and 22 of COTPA.

Even if these are still not covered under COTPA, then it's really high time that the should do something immediately before our whole youth gets trapped into the habits of these as most viewership of online TV and film shows belong to youngsters, Dr Arora said.

"You (Ministry) are humbly requested to take necessary action to stop the promotion of smoking/smoking in these and if any TV/film serials going on online and are very popular among people especially the youngsters these days," he said.

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First Published: Mon, April 08 2019. 15:50 IST