In a clear mockery of the judicial system KKR owner and Bollywood star, Shah Rukh Khan was slapped with a paltry Rs 100 fine for smoking in Sawai Man Singh, Stadium. Ironically, that is probably less than the cost of the packet of cigarettes. Disposing of the matter, additional chief judicial magistrate S C Godara, Jaipur City, allowed Khan to deposit the fine through his counsel.
The actor had pleaded guilty and expressed his willingness to pay the fine. Khan, co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders, was summoned by the court in May on a complaint that he was seen smoking on April 8 during a match between his team and Rajasthan Royals at Sawai Man Singh Stadium.
In April, Khan was spotted smoking at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur during an IPL match between KKR and Rajasthan Royals.
We realise smoking is a personal choice but SRK surely knows he is a role model for millions across the country if not the globe and his every move is aped by them. It can’t really be that hard to not smoke for a four hour period. Smoking is the leading cause of cancer and other chronic diseases. 1 out of 3 cancer-related deaths are caused due to tobacco use. If SRK needs help quitting he could try various smoking cessation techniques like gums, lozenges, nicotine patches or electronic cigarettes.
Tobacco use is estimated to have caused nearly 120,000 deaths across India in 2010, according to research carried out by the Toronto-based Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR) in partnership with Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Hospital. Nearly 600,000 Indians die of cancer every year – over seven in 10 deaths (71 percent) takes place in the 30-69 age group, the most productive period of a person’s life, says the report published in the latest issue of the Lancet medical journal. The study points out that Kerala had among the highest age standardised cancer mortality rates per 100,000 for men in the 30-69 age group (158.5 for all cancers and 53.9 for tobacco-related cancers).