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Tintin falls foul of anti-tobacco laws

His do-gooder image as a scourge of ­villains has made him a mainstay of children’s entertainment the world over for more than 80 years.

world Updated: Feb 19, 2010 00:50 IST
Robert Tait (The Guardian)

His do-gooder image as a scourge of ­villains has made him a mainstay of children’s entertainment the world over for more than 80 years.

But now Tintin, the evergreen fictional detective created by the Belgian writer Hergé, has found himself in trouble after an episode in the long-running cartoon series depicted him fighting hardened criminals who were smoking, in contravention of Turkey’s tough anti-tobacco laws.

The country’s broadcasting watchdog, RTUK, slapped a £21,000 fine on the private TV8 channel after ruling that Tintin Against the Chicago Mafia broke legislation banning broadcasters from promoting tobacco. Tintin single-handedly brings down the leaders of the 1930s Chicago mob, but the triumph of good against evil cut no ice with Turkish regulators.

Legislation introduced last year obliges Turkish broadcasters to obscure smoking scenes.