New Delhi: Doctors from 16 different cancer hospitals across the country have written letters to Prime Minister Mamnohan Singh demanding a ban on the sale of various tobacco products and warned that it would be impossible to check the menace if a prompt action is not taken.

Patna-based Indira Gandhi Ayurvigyan Sansthan director Dr Arun Kumar wrote a letter to the PM and hoped that Government would take a suitable step in checking this menace. “ I see a number of people who become paralysed. They are just helpless. I do not know how to remain a mute spectator,” he said. He was optimistic that people will realize the harmful impact of smoking.

Agartala Regional Cancer Hospital Superintendent Gautam Majumdar said smoking  was dangerous for the people and it’s open sale should be curbed.

While referring to his hospital’s records , the Director of Gujarat Cancer And Research Institute  Pankaj Shah said that till two decades ago neck cancer was most prevalent among smokers but now most of them are  falling prey to mouth cancer due to gutka.

On the other hand , Dr AC Katki, director of Barua Cancer Hospital said it was surprising to note that 65 lakh pouches of Gutkha, plus 32 lakh packets of cigarettes are sold in Guwahati. It suggests  how dangerous turn this addiction had become.

In this connection, renowned Doctor Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi said, “Earlier doctors were usually known for puffing cigarettes . But it is good thing that they are now uniting against it.”

Those who wrote to PM included  Rajan Badwe Director  of Tata Memorial Hospital Cancer Hospital  Mumbai and Directors of cancer hospitals from Bikaner ,Ahmedbad , Rohtak, Nagpur, Kolkata , Chennai, Gwalior ,Bangalore, Hyderabad , Raipur, Cuttack and Trivandrum also registered their concerns.

(JPN/Bureau)