Modi appealed to the people of the country to say no to tobacco and spread awareness to reduce its consumption in India.
“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,” Modi said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

“On World No Tobacco Day, lets pledge to spread awareness on the risks of tobacco consumption & work to reduce tobacco consumption in India,” he added.

Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Friday flagged off rally of nearly 300 school students against use of tobacco and tobacco products at Nirman Bhavan in the national capital. The rally was part of the initiatives of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to commemorate the ‘World No Tobacco Day’.

Dr Harsh Vardhan made a strong appeal to all the citizens of the country to be ambassadors in the war against tobacco. He stated that it is the common men and women who can be the champions and leaders in this fight, which has to be made a social movement.

The Health Minister pointed out that tobacco use was the worst enemy not only of the country but of the entire humankind. He emphatically appealed to all users to take a pledge and make a strong resolve to give up the use of tobacco. He asked the citizens to motivate and educate the users on the ill effects of tobacco consumption.

The Health Minister stated that tobacco use is fatal and said that he has seen many families been ruined and children orphaned due to the use by the elders in the family. He stated it is not the responsibility of any single person, but a collective responsibility of all the citizens to wipe out the use of tobacco in the country.

Dr Harsh Vardhan urged the country to demonstrate to the world that India has in all earnestness taken up the war against use of tobacco and will emerge a winner in this fight.

He urged everyone to spend two minutes of their time whenever they see anyone consume tobacco or smoke to educate them about its ill-effects.

(JPN)

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