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Health minister declares all out war on tobacco – 18 de Febrero de 2015 – India

State draws up 10-point plan to rid train stations, colleges, govt offices and all public buildings of gutkha and paan masala.

Unnerved by the untimely death of former home minister R Patil, who was consumed by oral cancer, the new state health minister has drawn up a 10-point plan to rid Maharashtra of smokeless tobacco products. Dr Deepak Sawant, who took charge of the ministry three months ago, told Mumbai Mirror he would begin the campaign in his backyard, by petitioning politicians, bureaucrats and government officials with a penchant for the leaf to quit chewing tobacco.

"It is really sad that we lost a senior politician and statesman to acute oral cancer," Sawant said. "It is alarming that 2 crore people in Maharashtra chew tobacco. I want my state free of this scourge."

He said the offensive will begin in Maharashtra's educational institutions. "I do not want to see a single teacher or member of the staff to be seen chewing tobacco in the premises of the educational institution that employs them," Sawant said.

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