The pan-Maharashtra cancer specialists, called Maharashtra Cancer Warriors, have welcomed the steps taken by government to curb tobacco consumption that includes enforcing new pictorial warning on tobacco.
In a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the cancer surgeons have expressed their appreciation for the
enforcement of section 7 of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) for seizure of tobacco, worth Rs 300 crore.
Satish Sonawane, Co-Ordinator, Maharashtra Cancer Warriors said at least two crore people in Maharashtra are addicted to some form of tobacco that is causing epidemic proportion of fatal diseases such as heart attack and stroke apart from cancers.
Mouth cancer is the commonest cancer in men in the state due to rampant chewing habit. Maharashtra was the first state to ban flavoured chewing tobacco and supari apart from gutkha. It has also banned e-cigarette in the state.
Hence, the action by FDA Maharashtra of seizing tobacco products was welcomed because they did not have appropriate warnings.
This ground-breaking measure of 85 per cent pictorial warning will motivate current tobacco users to quit the lethal addiction and also protect children and youth from experimenting with tobacco.