B-town’s King Khan can’t just keep away from his smokes. He was recently spotted smoking a cigarette in the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur during an IPL match between his franchise Kolkata Knight Riders and the Rajasthan Royals. This landed him in legal trouble with the Jaipur Cricket Academy whose director Anand Singh Rathore filed a complaint. This raises serious questions about security protocol according to which people aren’t allowed to take water bottles but allowed the Bollywood megastar to take in cigarettes and lighter/matches.
We realize 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).