Free Press Journal

Don’t allow tobacco lobby to prevail: Docs to PM


Bigger pictorial warning will help control consumption

BHOPAL : More than 650 doctors from all over India have urged the Prime Minister to ensure the publication of a new set of pictorial warnings on tobacco products from April 1 and save millions of lives. These doctors are witness to the death and pain caused by tobacco consumption.

Doctors cutting across specialties have requested PM to step in to prevent the powerful tobacco lobby from subverting the anti-tobacco measures of the Government.

 The letter reminds Modi of his message posted on the Facebook on 31 May 2014 – “Let’s take a pledge to spread awareness on the risks of tobacco consumption and work to reduce it in India.

Tobacco not only affects those consuming it but also people around. By saying no to tobacco, let us lay the foundation of a healthier India.

The doctors signing the petition said “We are committed to this important public health issue despite potential loss of our livelihood subsequent to effective tobacco control. We are not complaining because nation comes first”

Dr Lalit Shrivastava, of MP Medical Officers Association said “Large pictorial warning on tobacco, cigarette and bidi packets is the most cost-effective strategy to prevent youngsters from falling into the dangerous habit and dissuading existing users. In a country with a large population of illiterates and semi-literates, effective pictorial warning carries tremendous value.