Shatru Hails Total Prohibition Decision, Calls for Curbing Use of Tobacco

The Nitish Kumar government had announced a complete ban on liquor, domestic and spicy, as well as IMFL in Bihar.

Published: 10th April 2016 11:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th April 2016 11:12 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

PATNA: BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha today praised the Nitish Kumar government's decision of total prohibition in Bihar and urged the Chief Minister to give a serious thought on curbing tobacco consumption.

"Total prohibition is a progressive decision by the Nitish Kumar government to which everybody should extend a wholehearted support," Sinha told PTI.

The BJP Lok Sabha member from Patna Sahib made a strong case for similar concerted action against tobacco and its products like khaini, ghutka, zarda and beedi.

"We must kill tobacco before it kills us," said Sinha, who had launched a strong campaign against smoking and tobacco consumption as a Union Health Minister.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has marked tobacco as a leading killer. In India, tobacco related diseases like cancer and lung problems have been identified posing a grave threat.

Prohibition of tobacco along with the total ban on liquor would have a "cascading" effect on human health, he said.

Last Tuesday, the Nitish Kumar government had announced a complete ban on liquor, domestic and spicy, as well as Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) in Bihar.

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