Doctors and civil societies ask for 85% pictorial warning on Tobacco products in Bangalore, Karnataka

Dr. Vishal Rao conducted VoTV in a press conference organized in association with Institute of Public Health demanding the Union Govt to implement 85% Pictorial warning on all tobacco products.
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Dr. Vishal Rao, Dr. Upendra Bhojani of IPH, Ms. Jayna Kothari – Advocate and Dr. Banu Prakash – Neuro Surgeon along with VoTV patient addressed the media in the conference.

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Dr US Vishal Rao, emphasized that Govt should be committed to reducing the advertising by tobacco companies which lure consumers to addiction and pave way for consumer awareness of harms through increased pictorial warning and not by decreasing. He also mentioned that increase in size of warning leads to decrease in consumption of tobacco products.

VoTV patient, explained that he is a living example of how tobacco can badly impact one’s life. He quoted that he started using tobacco out of sheer curiosity which ended him at this stage. He also stressed that a bigger pictorial warning is a must for all tobacco products.

The speakers’ on this occasion also highlighted the letter written by Karnataka Health Minister UT Khader, IPH and other organizations to the Union Health Minister asking them not to divulge from 85% pictorial warning.

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