COTPA: Central Government determined for a healthy and tobacco free India: Guru Prakash

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Amendment in Tobacco Control Act (COTPA) will prove to be a concrete step in this direction.
Every year about 13 lakh people in the country are victims of diseases caused by tobacco consumption.
Discussion on the topic ‘Amrit Kaal Sankalp: Healthy India, Tobacco Free India’

New Delhi. Public health is the top priority of the Government of India. Suitable amendments will be incorporated in the Tobacco Control Act COTPA (COTPA/Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act) without any prejudice, fear or fear of lobby. BJP’s national spokesperson, eminent jurist and writer Guru Prakash Paswan has said this.

The increasing consumption of tobacco among children and youth is a serious cause of concern. About 13 lakh people die annually in the country due to diseases caused by tobacco consumption. Tobacco in all its forms causes serious diseases.

Guru Prakash said that about 28 percent of the country’s adults (15 years and above) consume tobacco products. Even more worrying is the fact that 9 per cent of children in the age group of 13-15 years use tobacco in some form or the other. Understand that we are sitting on a time bomb. There is an urgent need to mobilize to ensure that our demographic dividend does not turn into a demographic disaster. He said this in an online discussion with senior journalist and writer Arun Anand on the topic ‘Amrit Kaal Ka Sankalp: Healthy India, Tobacco Free India’. It was organized by a citizens’ group ‘Tobacco Free India’.

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Youth and children are mentally very sensitive. That’s why tobacco lobby adopts many tactics to woo them towards their products. Despite the ban on advertising of tobacco products, it takes the help of the old law and puts advertisements on the shops (Point of Sale). To attract children and teenagers, advertisements of tobacco products are displayed along with things like candy, toffee so that children have a direct view of it.

Everyone has to come together to save the youth from tobacco addiction
Guru Prakash said that those who are promoting tobacco products cannot be role models for our youth. We cannot allow tobacco to ruin the generations to come. We all should come together as a society and fight this menace. The proposed amendment in the 2003 Tobacco Control Act COTPA can prove to be a concrete step in this direction.

Due to the exemption of making smoking zone, the rules are being misused a lot
Proposed amendments to COTPA include restrictions on display of advertisements of tobacco products at places of sale and complete ban on smoking in public places. At present, in spite of smoking being banned in public places, many places are allowed to make smoking zones (designated smoking areas). This exemption is being misused. Global evidence suggests that completely closing these special areas makes people more motivated to quit the tobacco habit.

Tobacco products are the major cause of deaths and diseases
Tobacco products are the cause of deaths and diseases, apart from these, they also put a burden of about Rs 1.77 lakh crore annually on the country’s economy. This is about 1% of the gross domestic product (GDP). Families affected by tobacco not only suffer the loss of their loved ones but also suffer financially, emotionally and mentally.

Let’s work together to make the dream of building a healthy India a reality
The ‘Elixir of Independence’ is an opportune time for all to work together towards realizing the dream of building a healthy India. This will be possible only when our country is truly tobacco free. Public support can strengthen the government’s resolve to take more and more initiatives to protect people from harm caused by consumption of tobacco products.

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