India, WHO to accelerate tobacco control measures

Virendra Singh Rawat
Lucknow / May 31, 2019
Union health and family welfare ministry in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) today organised a national workshop on ‘Tobacco and Lung Health’ in New Delhi to commemorate the ‘World No Tobacco Day 2019’.
Inaugurating the function, ministry secretary Preeti Sudan highlighted the risks associated with tobacco on public health from cancer to chronic respiratory disease. She emphasised it was important to aware people about how smoking affected the quality of life even as she said India had consciously taken up crusade against tobacco. “The government has now interventions to address heath conditions arising due to tobacco use.”
Niti Aayog member (health) V K Paul gave a clarion call for a people’s movement to address the menace of tobacco use in all forms. He stressed there was a need for creating opportunities for quitting tobacco by developing a network of thousands of points where people can go and seek help to quit tobacco.
WHO representative Henk Bekedam opined tobacco control was everybody’s responsibility. “Governments, communities, families and individuals must join hands to stay united in the fight against tobacco by choosing health and saying no to all traditional and new forms of tobacco.”

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