×
E-PAPER ▾

E-paper

HEALTH & FITNESS

Ban sale of loose cigarettes, PM urged

| | Thiruvananthapuram
Ban sale of loose cigarettes, PM urged

Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV), an organisation here consisting of victims of tobacco use, has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban the sale of loose cigarettes in the country.

"Easy accessibility and affordability of loose cigarettes enhances their appeal among smokers, endangering their health and lives," said a letter written by the group to Modi.

A fisherman from Kollam, K. Saju, 34, who suffers from oral cancer due to tobacco use, said easy availability of loose cigarettes increased his desire and inclination to smoke.

"I would often buy loose cigarettes, as I could not afford a packet. Loose cigarettes also do not carry the pictorial warnings that a packet has," said Saju who after a decade of smoking was diagnosed with oral cancer and is under treatment now.

Retired police official K.S. Varghese is also in favour of banning loose cigarettes.

"Loose cigarettes are a quick-buy option. I have seen several youngsters who use money given for a snack to buy a cigarette. All possible measures to protect youngsters from smoking should be taken. I humbly request the prime minister to ban sale of loose cigarettes in India," said Varghese.

P. Balagopal, an oncologist at the Regional Cancer Centre here, said that a ban will prove to be a major deterrent in a country where more than 70 percent of cigarettes are sold loose.

A lecturer at the community oncology division of Malabar Cancer Centre in Kannur, Phinse Philip said limiting the supply through measures such as ban on sale of loose cigarettes will be an effective option.
 

 
 
 
 
 

TOP STORIES

Sunday Edition

View All

‚ÄėAssault‚Äô on police driver: Action against Kerala ADGP

17 Jun 2018 | VR Jayaraj | Kochi

In a swift move intended at stemming the protests brewing in the State police force against certain top officials’ ‘feudalistic’ practice of persecuting policemen and camp followers by using them as house servants, the Kerala Government on Saturday removed ADGP Sudesh Kumar, whose daughter was the other day booked for assaulting and verbally abusing his official police driver, from the position of head of the Armed Police Battalion. The action against...

Read More

STATE EDITIONS

View All

AK 56 recovered in Garu village

19 Jun 2018 | PNS | DALTONGANJ

214 Battalion of CRPF and Latehar district police on Monday recovered one AK56, said Commandant of 214 battalion of CRPF Ajay Singh. Sources said it has been recovered at village Kuyee under Garu police station which is a kendu leaf hub and here the stake of the extremists be they are CPI Maoists or JJMP is too high...

Read More

Page generated in 0.376 seconds.