Free Press Journal

Stand against tobacco lobby, petition to PMO


Mumbai : Karnataka Health minister, Alla-habad High Court Bar Associa-tion and widows of the former tobacco users came forward to urge Prime Minister to stand against the powerful tobacco lobby.

  Last week, a group of 653 doc-tors and presidents of various medical societies had petitio-ned the Prime Minister Office (PMO) for implementing 85 percent warning on all tobacco products from April 1 this year.

The Allahabad High Court Bar Association also wrote a letter to the Prime Minister with a copy to Union Health Minister to implement 85 percent picto-rial pack warning on all toba-cco products as already noti-fied. Karnataka’s Health Minis-ter, UT Khader, also wrote about the recent recommendation put forward by the committee on Subordinate Legislation.

Five widows of former tobac-co users have also written to Prime Minister.  Sumitra Pedne-kar, widow of former Home and Labour Minister of Maha-rashtra, said, “I am shocked to hear that a parliamentary panel has once again stalled the implementation of the pictorial warning from April 1 this year. Modi Ji, I am a live example in front of you whose family has gone through so much because of this tobacco.”