A proposed ban by Indian authorities on showing the act of smoking in locally-produced movies has been postponed after government ministries failed to reconcile their differences.

The onscreen smoking ban was due to come into effect on January 1 2006 but, as a result of legal conflict between the Health and Information and Broadcasting Ministries, it is likely to be put back until March 1 at earliest.

The broadcasting authority claims to be in agreement with its health counterpart about its overall antismoking aims, but has reservations over the proposed strategy.

The I&BM maintains that "the curbs on smoking visuals ... have to be within the confines of Articles 19 of the Constitution keeping in view the tenets of artistic freedom and creative expressions being not unduly curbed".

Data sourced from The Times of India; additional content by WARC staff