Chief Ministers of Assam, Goa, Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Gujarat will extend their support to curb the growing menace of tobacco in their respective states and pledged to do their best on behest of victims of oral cancer, doctors and tobacco control advocates of their states.
“The victims along with oncologists met their respective Chief Ministers and urged them to protect the people of their states from the harmful effects of tobacco products by banning gutka, implementing stringent pictorial warnings on chewing tobacco products, putting an end to indirect advertising of chewing tobacco product, stopping sale of chewing tobacco products near educational institutions, increasing taxation on all tobacco products,” Salkar stated and informed that all these Chief Ministers assured the victims of their commitment by signing a pledge calling for a ban on gutka and khaini products.
“I will raise my voice against this issue and support all initiatives to rid India of this menace of gutka and khaini and help save millions of Indian lives”, states the pledge.
VOTV is a national campaign which has been conceptualized and initiated by oral cancer victims who have come together to promote greater awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco use and for appealing for stronger enforcement of tobacco control laws and the complete ban of chewing tobacco in the country.
“Despite the Supreme Court Order banning plastic gutka pouches, the Gutka, pan masala and other smokeless tobacco products are still widely sold in plastic pouches. The enforcement agencies need to take actions against errants,” Salkar said.