Tobacco-free world — imagine a world without cancer, heart disease and unwanted deaths!
Health officials in the US are optimistic that tobacco-use could go down in the coming years and become zero or negligible by 2050. With the current anti-tobacco propaganda, fall in smoking rates and a younger generation averse to smoking, it does seem feasible in the US but will it work in India?
Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, Professor and Cancer Surgeon at the Tata Memorial Hospital and one of India’s most vehement anti-tobacco campaigners points out that cancer, heart disease and lung disease – three of the most common ramifications of tobacco use are also three of the biggest killers. He said: ‘Tobacco use is responsible for 70% of all heart disease cases, 80% of lung diseases and 50% of cancer cases. Instead of losing crores, battling these ailments we can just remove the root cause of it.’