New Delhi. Under the Tobacco Control Act, the government has taken various steps to curb tobacco consumption. In this episode, now the time has come that smoking Exemption of tobacco products at designated smoking areas and shops and points of sale. Eliminate advertising discounts There should be a complete ban on tax advertising. Top health experts unanimously applauding the government’s steps tobacco control law demanded to be made stricter.
Every year more than 13 lakh people in the country die due to the use of this deadly product. Health experts say that the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) Amendment Bill will not only help in saving millions of lives, but it will also reduce the burden on the country’s health system.
Dr. Shalini Singh, cancer expert and director of ICMR-National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research, Maharashtra BJP spokesperson Shweta Shalini and fertility expert Dr. Archana Dhawan Bajaj said that COTPA ( The loopholes in the COTPA Act are like a tacit acceptance. Instead of curbing tobacco use, it allows it in a way. This sends a message to smokers and youth that tobacco consumption is okay, they should continue with this habit.
Need to spread awareness on cancer, diseases caused by tobacco
In a webinar organized by the citizens’ group Tobacco Free India, Dr. Shalini Singh stressed the need to spread awareness about cancer and other diseases caused by tobacco use. During this, he informed that the tobacco industry is now trying to trap the youth through ‘synthetic nicotine’.
Many countries are now taking steps towards a strategy to eliminate tobacco use. They have also started banning tobacco consumption on roads, beaches and open parks. Every year in India more than 13 lakh people die due to this deadly product.
Target to reduce tobacco consumption by 30 percent by 2025
India ranks second in the world in terms of tobacco consumption. Tobacco control has been extensively included in the Indian National Health Policy, 2017. In this policy, a target has been set to reduce tobacco consumption by 30 percent by the year 2025 as compared to the year 2009-10. It is good that smoking is completely banned in many public places and workplaces.
Renowned gynecologist Dr. Archana Dhawan Bajaj drew attention to the growing problem of childbirth related problems in the country due to tobacco consumption. He cautioned that impotence or such problems are increasing rapidly in married couples.
COTPA Act needs to be made more strict
Smoking and tobacco use can seriously affect the fertility of both men and women. It may become unwell, may result in miscarriage and may even result in the death of the child in the womb. To put an end to all conspiracies targeting the youth, the time has come to make the COTPA Act strict. The speakers involved in the webinar unanimously emphasized that there is a need to increase awareness to control tobacco use.
FIRST PUBLISHED : August 06, 2022, 18:52 IST