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Don't consume tobacco products: Rajasthan CM appeals people
Rajasthan observed World No Tobacco Day today with a message by chief minister, Vasundhara Raje Scindia and a report by State's health department. In her message, Raje made an appeal to the people that they should not consume tobacco products since they not only affect health adversely but also causes financial loss.

Terming tobacco 'a slow poison' she stressed the need for taking 'all possible measures to curb tobacco consumption'. She was of the view that a healthy generation was essential for the development of the state and the country both.

Meanwhile, in its report the state health department proposed to make license mandatory for tobacco sellers for an effective implementation of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) in Rajasthan. The department has claimed that in the last three years efforts were made for an effective implementation of COTPA in Jaipur in the last three years.

However, according to a survey by State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, it has been found that the implementation of COTPA was below 80 per cent in the state.

WHO-established 'World No Tobacco Day' is observed around the world every year on May 31 to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption. According to WHO, the event being observed since 1987, is also meant to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects.

The WHO's survey shows that currently the use of tobacco products results in nearly 6 million deaths each year worldwide, including 600,000 of which are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.

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