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Village Panchayat in Tamil Nadu Bans Tobacco Consumption

osses the five villages with a loud speaker to persuade people to avoid tobacco dependency.

"I used to chew pan parag and other tobacco chewing items very frequently. However, since the Village Panchayat has banned the consumption of tobacco in the village in any form, I too had stopped using tobacco items. I advise them to stop consuming tobacco in any form," said Nagendran.

Ladies in these villages have welcomed this initiative. "It is good for our children's future, claimed Rupavathi.

The Government earns around 32,000 crores of rupees as excise revenue from tobacco products. As against this, the amount spent on medical treatment for tobacco related diseases is believed to be nearly 40, 000 crore rupees per annum.

India is the third largest tobacco producer and consumer in the world after China and the US. India exports only one fourth of its total annual tobacco output, which is nearly 545 million kilograms. Tobacco victims in India out-number the AIDS victims, as one million of the 250 million tobacco users in the country die every year.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there will be more than ten million deaths a year due to oral cancer in the next thirty years with 70 percent of those occurring in developing countries like India.


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