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Say no to tobacco for a healthier India: Prime Minister Modi

New Delhi, Sat, 31 May 2014 NI Wire

Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the people of India to say no the tobacco product for a better and healthier India. He urged the people on the occasion of World Tobacco Day which is celebrated on 31 May every year.

Urging people of India to say no to Tobacco, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday called for spreading awareness on the risks of tobacco consumption. He stressed also to lay the foundation of a healthier India by saying no to it on World No Tobacco Day.

"On World No Tobacco Day, lets pledge to spread awareness on the risks of tobacco consumption and work to reduce tobacco consumption in India," Modi said in a tweet.

"Tobacco not only affects those consuming it but also people around. By saying no to tobacco, let us lay the foundation of a healthier India," he added.

According to sources, tobacco is the cause of 40 percent of cancer cases in India, experts say banning it alone won't help. What is desired, they feel, is for the government to open more sedation clinics and begin education about the ill-effects of tobacco at the school level as children have started taking to smoking early these days.

(With inputs from IANS)

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