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
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.