Tobacco Users Increasing in India Despite Pictorial Warnings on Sachets

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  April 5, 2011 at 1:44 PM Cancer News
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Smokeless tobacco products which are being marketed in India contains about 3095 chemical components which have serious health implications with about 28 of these components being carcinogenic. Areca nut is the most commonly used carcinogen. Latest studies have demonstrated the presence of heavy metals like nickel, lead, cadmium, chromium and arsenic in these products. Studies have revealed abundant presence of Tobacco-specific N-Nitrosamines (TSNA) and even radioactive polonium in smokeless forms of tobacco products. There is no safe level for TSNA's. There is an increased risk of cancer mortality and death due to cardiovascular diseases in smokeless tobacco users.
 Tobacco Users Increasing in India Despite Pictorial Warnings on Sachets
Tobacco Users Increasing in India Despite Pictorial Warnings on Sachets

30% gutkha brands that are available in the market exceed the provisional tolerable intake limits of lead and copper stated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Office (FAO). The Union Health Ministry is in a discussion with the Agriculture Ministry to persuade the tobacco cultivators to grow some other crops.

The Government has agreed that pictorial warnings of lung X-ray or the scorpion on the sachets of these products have not been successful in arresting the use of tobacco among people as many do not understand the meaning of these pictorial depictions. The Ministry feels that there is a need for regulation on the production and sale of these products as increasing number of youngsters and women are beginning to use them and many of the users are daily users (21.4%). Government officials have also stated that it is of no use to ban tobacco products in one state. The ban should be on a nationwide basis.

Source: Medindia

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If the Government is Sincere in saving the lives of the people, it would have promptly ordered the closure of the Cigarette and Gutka Manaufacturing Companies and instead created other job oppertunities for the people who would become jobless due to the closure of the said tobacco companies. Government itself is promoting the use of the tobacco, by not closing the companies and now saying the the youngsters have increased the intake of the tobacco inspite of the caution shown in the wrappers and packets of the tobacco products. Government is allowing the tobacco industry to flourish and blaming the youths that they are not stopping the consumption of tobacco. Stop the manufacture of tobacco and see the result. Government is making money by allowing flourishing of the tobacco companies and the government is solely responsible for the death of people by consuming tobacco. Devdas K. Kotian Mumbai

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