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PTI Panaji
Updated: 08-12-2018 20:05 IST

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

written to chief secretaries of states to make offices and

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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