After the proposed ban on lighting up at workplaces by Union Health Minister Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, smokers are no longer content to rest on their 'butts'.
Almost every cigarette addict is smoking with resentment at these words of the minister " We are soon going to announce workplaces as smoking-free. People will not be able to smoke in hotels, restaurants, airports or offices. If one wants to smoke, he will have to do so in his house or on roads. Passive smoking is dangerous, why should a non-smoker bear the brunt?"
Yet, smokers tremble at these words because of something more. No longer is one's nest a safe haven to douse one's lungs in cigarette-affiliated carcinogens- a home is none other than a maid or servant's office, hence his or her permission is needed before you reach for the lighter!
Yet it's not going to be easy dousing the fires of Dr. Ramadoss. He has just received the World Health Organization (WHO) DG's special award for his efforts towards tobacco control. After presenting the award to the minister, WHO South East Asia Regional Director Dr Samlee Plianbangchang said: "His deep commitment in effectively implementing various measures to ban tobacco is commendable. WHO acknowledges his contribution to safeguard the future generations from devastation."
Dedicating the award to the people of India, especially those who have lost their lives because of smoking and could have been saved, the minister announced: "It is just the beginning. In fact, one and half years ago, when I initiated the drive, some called me an idiot, others a fool. At least now they will see that whatever we had done was right. The day is not far when India will come together and say enough is enough."
So till then, hand over your requests to your servants and with their kind permission, breath in the toxins.