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Union health minister Harsh Vardhan campaigns against tobacco consumption
For the upcoming 'World No Tobbaco Day', Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, flagged of a rally of School students in the national capital. In the rally he talked about the health risks associated with tobacco consumption.
The rally was a part of the activities taken up by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare along with the WHO. The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people every year, and in this 600000 are passive smokers, who are dying due to breathing second hand smoke.

This time the World No Tobacco Day has called up to raise taxes on tobacco. And under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC)countries should implement tax and price policies on tobacco products as a way to reduce tobacco consumption.

Interacting with participants of the rally, Harsh Vardhan said, “The rally is organized to spread awareness, especially among students, so that they come forward and campaign against tobacco in India.”

He also added, that the health ministry is working towards advocating policies that could help reduce tobacco- related health risks and ensuring at the same time that the laws implemented by the state governments are made people friendly.

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