Influenced by KGF2, Hyd boy smokes pack of cigarettes, lands in hospital

Dr. Rohith Reddy Pathuri, consultant pulmonologist at Century Hospital, said, “Teenagers are easily influenced by characters like ‘Rocky Bhai’

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  28 May 2022 9:52 AM GMT
Influenced by KGF2, Hyd boy smokes pack of cigarettes, lands in hospital

Hyderabad: After watching the film 'KGF2' (thrice in 2 days), a 15-year-old boy from Hyderabad smoked a pack of cigarettes for the first time. He watched 'Rocky Bhai' and wanted to ape him. He developed a severe cough and throat complications, needing medical attention. The boy was rushed to a city hospital. "He is doing fine now," said the doctors. The doctors treated him and also provided counselling.

A resident of Rajendranagar in Hyderabad, the 15-year-old boy was rushed to a city hospital when their parents learnt that he had smoked a packet of cigarettes after watching 'KGF2' three times in just two days.

Commenting on the case, Dr. Rohith Reddy Pathuri, consultant pulmonologist at Century Hospital, said, "Teenagers are easily influenced by characters like 'Rocky Bhai'. In this case, this young boy took to smoking and fell severely sick after consuming a packet full of cigarettes. Movies are a highly influencing element in our society, and it is important that moviemakers and actors have a moral responsibility to not glamorise acts like smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or consuming alcohol. Characters like 'Rocky Bhai' have a cult following and young minds do get influenced by the acts of these demigods on the screen."

Dr. Reddy added, "Parents of adolescents must ensure they keep a watch on what their children are doing, and what factors are influencing their child's acts. Instead of regretting it later, it is important parents play a role in creating awareness about the ill effects of cigarettes, tobacco, and alcohol. Beating up children after they take up these bad habits might not always produce the best results."

Cigarette smoking during childhood and adolescence causes significant health problems among young people, including an increase in the number and severity of respiratory illnesses, decreased physical fitness, and potential effects on lung growth and function. Most importantly, this is when an addiction to smoking takes hold, often lasting into and sometimes throughout adulthood. Among adults who have ever smoked daily, 87% had tried their first cigarette by the time they were 18 years old and 95% had by age 21.

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