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Goa's NOTE hails Union health ministry's anti-tobacco drive

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Goa-headquartered NGO National Organisation for Eradication Saturday welcomed the Union ministry's initiative to make government offices and buildings tobacco-free.

Union Secretary Preeti Sudan had recently written to chief secretaries of states to make offices and buildings of their respective governments tobacco-free in order to protect public

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 Recently the Union Health and Family Welfare ministry made its Nirman Bhawan office tobacco-free. It is an appreciable step," said NOTE

Salkar, an oncologist with a private hospital here, said was the leading preventable cause of death worldwide, adding that 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 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, and oral cavity," he added.

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 20:05 IST