Goa-headquartered NGO National
Organisation for Tobacco Eradication Saturday welcomed the
Union Health ministry's initiative to make government offices
and buildings tobacco-free.
Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan had recently
buildings of their respective governments tobacco-free in
order to protect public health.
The letter added that state governments would get
technical help in this regard from the Union Health ministry.
"We welcome such an initiative which will go a long
way to save people from falling prey to tobacco. Recently the
Union Health and Family Welfare ministry made its Nirman
Bhawan office tobacco-free. It is an appreciable step," said
NOTE general secretary Shekhar Salkar.
Salkar, an oncologist with a private hospital here,
said tobacco was the leading preventable cause of death
worldwide, adding that India was the third largest
tobacco-producing and second largest tobacco-consuming nation.
He said that according to the Global Adult Tobacco
Survey 2016-17 (GATS-2), the number of tobacco related deaths
per day in India was 3,700, or about 154 every hour.
"Tobacco use is highly detrimental to health. It is a
major risk factor for cancer, cardiovascular diseases,
diabetes, chronic lung disease, stroke, infertility,
blindness, tuberculosis and oral cavity," he added.
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