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WHO Urges Shah Rukh Khan to Stop Endorsing Tobacco Products

" he said adding that authorities must impose heavy taxes on such tobacco products to discourage its consumption.

Experts at the health meet pointed out disturbing statistics on the damage done by tobacco.

"Tobacco is the second major cause of death in the world today. Nearly five million people die due to tobacco every year and this will double by 2020," said K. Srinath Reddy, chief of the Public Health Foundation in India.

"In India alone, over 800,000 people are losing their lives due to tobacco and it is posing a huge challenge to the country's public health expenditure and productive working hours," Reddy said.

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