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Updated: July 11, 2015 12:25:24 AM

Curbing tobacco use

Curbing tobacco use

Apropos of the editorial “Tobacco Toll” (July 10). Why people are not abandoning tobacco in its various consumable forms is a very pertinent question and needs to be answered to save precious lives. Despite restrictions and controls imposed on the sale of various tobacco products, including certain banned ones, these are easily available near schools and colleges. This points to the inefficient surveillance system and deep-rooted racket engaged in making available these products. Current taxation policy on production and sale of tobacco products needs to be revisited to drastically increase taxes and thereby make it unaffordable for the users of these products. School and college curricula, too, are appropriate for seeding effective awareness among the youth and adolescents and lead them to inculcate a negative attitude towards tobacco usage. Elders and parents who consume tobacco must undergo effective awareness programmes on the use of tobacco to force them to abandon the habit in the interest of their wards; besides, the government and NGOs must look towards engaging recovered tobacco users for campaigning against tobacco-use. All patients visiting doctors and hospitals for treatment of different ailments need be effectively advised about the dangerous results of tobacco use and be persuaded to refrain from using tobacco. Tough actions need to be implemented to restrict the availability of tobacco products, and the racketeers involved in trading of tobacco should be awarded severe punishment.

VSK Pillai


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