Remove tobacco vendors from educational areas: experts

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India has been witnessing 2.5-3 lakh new cases of head and neck cancer every year. Concerning the same, the country’s oncologists on Wednesday have urged the government to remove tobacco and cigarette vendors from near educational institutions.

Addiction of tobacco products has grown among the youth and it has been observed that even the implementation of 85 per cent pictorial warnings on tobacco products have not impacted the end-users.

“Unlike earlier, now the cases of head and neck cancer, which often used to occur among adults in their 60s, have now started occurring among youngsters in their early 30s. This is all because of their addiction to consuming tobacco during school,” Anil D’ Cruz, Director of Mumbai-based Tata Memorial Centre, said on Wednesday.

“Once the Government takes initiative to remove tobacco vendors from near schools and college premises, tobacco consumption among youngsters will automatically decline. The government has laws but they are not implemented,” said D’Cruz.

As per reports, eighty percent of head and neck cancer are caused by tobacco alone and each year India records a total of 11- 12 lakh new cases of cancer. Removal of tobacco vendors from near educational hubs will lead to decline in tobacco consumption.

Presence of tobacco vendors in every corner of the town is one of the primary reasons of its usage. Increase in taxation on such products and removal of tobacco product sellers can bring down the consumption.

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