If you thought it was only a certain former Indian minister who zealously wanted to put an end to smoking on screen, youâ€™re wrong.
For a health group in the UK is trying to one up the ex-minister. Yes, it is planning to certify cartoons that have smoking scenes as 18+!
And, people are equally flabbergasted by the move like many across the world. â€œItâ€™s quite funny to hear this because the cartoon Popeye single-handedly made spinach a craze in the US, and created awareness about healthy eating among youngsters. If you mention the word Popeye to any kid, Iâ€™m pretty sure a pipe will not figure even in the top five terms that they associate with the cartoon,â€ says software professional Nirmal Venkatranghan.
VJ Pooja, who is a self-confessed Popeye fan, says, â€œAs a fan of Popeye, I can safely say that he doesnâ€™t exactly smoke, in the truest sense of the word.â€ . . .
Agrees a volunteer from an NGO that preaches against smoking, â€œThese are actions being taken by a few over-zealous individuals who are misguided in their efforts to restrict smoking.â€ He also offers a constructive alternative, â€œInstead, governments across the world should use these cartoons constructively to preach about the evil effects of smoking to children.â€ Now, here is someone talking reason. But will the folks who matter listen?