‘Tobacco ban can avert 40% cancer cases in Raj’

Jaipur: Ahead of World No Tobacco Day (May 31), the demand for complete ban on tobacco products has picked up pace. Rajasthan Cancer Detection and Welfare Society has demanded complete ban on tobacco products.

SMS hospital, head of the department (radiotherapy and oncology), Dr OP Sharma, who is also the secretary of the society, said, “In SMS hospital, the waiting list for radiotherapy is quite long. It is two months. The number of cancer patients is quite high. There is a need to prevent cancer rather than spending a lot of money for cancer treatment,” Dr Sharma said.

He demanded complete ban on tobacco products. “If government imposes ban on tobacco products then it will be able to prevent 40% of total cancer cases. According to some reports, 40% of cancer cases occur due to consumption of tobacco products,” Dr Sharma said.

A similar demand has also been raised in Delhi. The Delhi Medical Council (DMC), Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Indian Medical Association (IMA) have jointly sent an appeal to Satyendar Jain, health minister of Delhi, recommending a complete ban on the sale of all tobacco products including cigarettes, gutkha, hookah and e-cigarettes for a period of 24 hours (May 31).

In Rajasthan, last day of every month is celebrated as a ‘no tobacco day’. But, still there is a need to gather more support from tobacco traders and community to implement it properly.

According to them, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 6 million deaths each year worldwide. Of them, 6 lakh deaths are a result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.

“In Rajasthan, it is estimated that 40,000-60,000 new cases of cancer are reported every year,” Dr Sharma said.

In 2012, the state government had imposed a complete ban on gutkha. But it was ineffectual as separate pan masala and tobacco are easily available in the market. So, consumers would purchase them, mix and consume.
                                                                                                                                               Source  : Times of India