Ban chewing tobacco: Docs

Ban chewing tobacco: Docs

The Indian Dental Association (IDA) and Karnataka Association of Community Health (KACH) have written to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah urging him to take a call on imposing a ban on chewing tobacco.

The IDA and KACH have described the Cabinet deferring the decision on the issue of ban on chewing tobacco as a serious setback for the State in the field of preventive health care. In the letter addressed to Siddaramaiah, Law Minister T B Jayachandra, Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khader and Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee, the two associations have said chewing tobacco was one of the leading causes for ailments.

“The gover­­n­ment needs to have an unbiased view. We would like to reiterate that the prevalence of chewing tobacco is higher among the economically poorer sections and wo­m­en,” said Dr M L V Prabhuji, State president, IDA Karnataka.

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