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Bigg Boss under fire for “illegal” smoking room!

July 19, 2019 | 17:05 IST | Editorial |

Bigg Boss show and the controversy goes hand in hand. This time, the controversy is from outside of the house, from the Tobacco Monitor.

Tobacco Monitor (the app to report COTPA offences) has filed a complaint with the state and central government authorities against the production house and channel Star Vijay, for equipping the Bigg Boss house with an ‘illegal’ smoking room.

“According to the Section 4 of the COPTPA (Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act) 2003, no person shall smoke in any public place: Provided that in a hotel having thirty rooms or a restaurant having seating capacity of thirty persons or more and in the airports, a separate provision for smoking area or space may be made.”

Right from the first season, the smoking room inclusion did not go well with the audience as the stars were seen smoking. For the first two seasons, the smoking rooms were bigger than the one that has been redesigned now.

The smoking room, where there is no camera has allowed the contestants to have private conversations as well.

Now, the organization has sent a warning letter to the team, including Kamal Haasan. The actor-politician is under the scanner as well for smoking during one of his election campaigns.

Earlier, there were a few cases against the show for demeaning former CM J Jayalalitha, for demeaning the “culture”.