Tobacco use: 66 lakh people may die prematurely: Experts
BHOPAL: Nearly two crore people in Madhya Pradesh consume tobacco and if no immediate action is taken to curb its use, some 66 lakh tobacco users are likely to die prematurely, according to experts. They were attending a seminar on measure to curb tobacco use here on Tuesday.
The seminar was organized by Madhya Pradesh Medical Officers Association (MPMOA) and Bhopal Cancer Research and Welfare Association. President of MPMOA Dr Ajay Khare informed that some 4,000 government doctors aligned with the association will proactively disseminate information about ill -effects of tobacco use.
Tata Memorial Hospital, surgical oncologist Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi speaking at the seminar said, "Persuading a patient to give up tobacco chewing or smoking at an early stage can lower the risk of cancer." He said measures taken to ban sale of tobacco mixed gutka by MP government was a step in the right direction. However, he said it would take few years to statistically analyze the actual effect on the population from such a ban.