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Smoking soul out
Can we ever stop it??
28/06/2007

An apocalypse is just waiting to happen in India in the form of public health catastrophe due to excessive production and consumption of smoked and smokeless tobacco. It has one of the highest number of tobacco-attributable deaths, an estimated eight lakh people, (16% of global tobacco-attributable transience) from diseases like cancer, stroke, heart diseases, chronic bronchitis, impotence. A recent study in India revealed that people from the lower socio-economic strata smoke more. Shockingly, at times, smoking gets precedence over food and other essentials. However, an initiative by an NGO, Salaam Bombay foundation, in association with Mumbai police, to have ‘tobacco free police stations’, has raised hope. On the ‘World No Tobacco Day’, Chandigarh is a pioneer in banning smoking officially and Mumbai hopefully is to follow suit. Is the country heading to a smoke-free zone? Well... miles to go!

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