New Delhi, May 31: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on the World No Tobacco Day on Sunday said the battle against tobacco was a personal fight for him and he wanted total ban on it and its products.
"The battle against tobacco is a personal fight for me. As an ENT surgeon, I've been first-hand witness to how it destroys not just the user, but the entire family. I am a votary for a complete ban on tobacco and its products on the World No Tobacco Day to nip the evil in the bud," he tweeted. World No-Tobacco Day 2020: Motivating Anti-Tobacco Quotes and Slogans That Will You Help You Kick The Butt.
The battle against tobacco is a personal fight for me ‼️
As an ENT surgeon,I’ve been first-hand witness to how it destroys not just the user,but entire family
I‘m a votary for complete ban on tobacco & its products
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) May 31, 2020
According to the World Health Organisation, every year the tobacco industry spends over $9 billion to advertise its products. Increasingly, it's targeting youth with nicotine and tobacco products to replace the 8 million people that its products kill every year.
This year's World No Tobacco Day campaign focuses on protecting children and young people from exploitation by the tobacco and related industry. E-Cigarettes No Safer Alternative Than Traditional Smoking: Study.
The WHO said even during the global pandemic, the tobacco and nicotine industry persisted by pushing products that limited people's ability to fight coronavirus and recover from the disease.
The industry offered free branded masks and doorstep delivery during quarantine and lobbied for their products to be listed as 'essential'. Over 40 million young people, aged 13-15 years, had started to use tobacco, it added.
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