The letter added that state governments would get technical help in this regard from the Union Health ministry.
"We welcome such an initiative which will go a long way to save people from falling prey to tobacco. Recently the Union Health and Family Welfare ministry made its Nirman Bhawan office tobacco-free. It is an appreciable step," said NOTE general secretary Shekhar Salkar.
Salkar, an oncologist with a private hospital here, said tobacco was the leading preventable cause of death worldwide, adding that India was the third largest tobacco-producing and second largest tobacco-consuming nation.
He said that according to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2016-17 (GATS-2), the number of tobacco related deaths per day in India was 3,700, or about 154 every hour.
"Tobacco use is highly detrimental to health. It is a major risk factor for cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic lung disease, stroke, infertility, blindness, tuberculosis and oral cavity," he added.
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