February 15, 2011 - Frustrated by the lackadaisical approach of the government in fighting tobacco-related cancer, two doctors from Mumbai took 40 patients to Delhi to meet politicians, hoping that direct contact with victims would finally swing lawmakers into action.
The patients, being treated at Tata Memorial Hospital, were brought together by Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi of TMH and Dr P C Gupta of Healis Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health to voice their concerns and petition for effective bans on Gutkha and strict pictorial warnings on cigarette packets.They succeeded in meeting Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj, Union Minister for Coal Prakash Jaiswal, and Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Dinesh Trivedi.
"Last year, there was a government notification that stringent warnings were to be carried on cigarette packs. It was to come into effect on December 1, but on December 20, the government gave the tobacco companies two more years. (India - will delay for a year the use of scarier pictorial warnings on cigarette and bidi packs..)
Reference: Cancer docs take tobacco battle inside parliament, Bapu Deedwania and Lata Mishra, MumbaiMirror.com, 2/13/2011.
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