Government to Impose Countrywide Ban on Smokeless Tobacco Products

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  April 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM Indian Health News   - G J E 4
17 regional cancer centers in India have urged the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, to impose a countrywide ban on the sale of tobacco products like gutka and pan masala. Following which the Supreme Court of India is soon considering to impose a total ban on gutka and other forms of smokeless tobacco products. In India tobacco chewing is the leading cause of oral cancer. With more than 1million Indians dying of cancer per year, India is known as the world capital for oral cancer.
Government to Impose Countrywide Ban on Smokeless Tobacco Products
Government to Impose Countrywide Ban on Smokeless Tobacco Products

7-13% children aged 10-15years consume smokeless tobacco products, while 3 out of 4 adults use these products with 1 of them being addict to the products. These gutka, mawa and khaini products contain about 3095 chemical products out of which 28 have been proved as carcinogens that can lead to cancer of the esophagus, throat, pancreas, stomach, kidney and lungs. It has been found that gutka products contain heavy metals like lead, arsenic, cadmium and copper.

Social activists are looking forward for the implementation of this ban as they are fed up with the cases suffering from smokeless tobacco use.

Source: Medindia

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if Government will impose ban on the manufacture of tobacco that will b much better because the people using these smokeless tobacco products will switch to cigarettes or in other words they will switch from oral cancer to lung cancer.
Seerat-ul-ain Thursday, April 14, 2011

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