Anbumani urges Dhanush to give up on-screen smoking

Actor Dhanush in 'Maari'.  

Paattali Makkal Katchi leader and former Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on Sunday appealed to actor Dhanush to give up on-screen smoking in the interest of youngsters’ health.

Expressing shock over the actor’s on-screen smoking in his recent >Tamil movie ‘Maari’, he said it would have a serious impact on his fans.

“Considering the welfare of Tamil Nadu’s youngsters, you must give up on-screen smoking and should also announce that you will refrain from doing it on screen now onwards,” he said in a letter to the actor which was released to the media.

He urged the actor to emulate his father-in-law and Tamil superstar Rajinikanth who some years ago stopped on-screen smoking besides appealing to his fans to give up the habit.

Citing studies and findings from renowned medical journal Lancet, and the World Health Organisation, he argued that on-screen smoking by film personalities thrust smoking on the youth and it eventually lead to a rise in smoking habit among them.

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