Kolkata, Apr 12 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): In a joint move to check the use of ubiquitous pan masala and the resultant oral-cancer, the director of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI), Kolkata, and 16 other directors of regional cancer centres in India have written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ban smokeless tobacco products.
On an average, annually more than 1,000 new patients suffering from oro-pharyngeal cancer (a form of oral- cancer), many of which are related to gutka use, are registered at CNCI.
[ReviewAZON asin=”B004MPRVWO” display=”inlinepost”]It is observed that magnitude of tobacco related cancer in average is on an upward trend in eastern and north eastern India.
This is largely due to high prevalence of tobacco consumption.India has the highest number of oral cancer in the world with 75,000 to 80,000 new cases of oral cancers being reported every year and chewing tobacco and gutka contribute to 90 percent of oral cancer cases in the country.
According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS 2010) released in Oct., 2010 nearly one third of Indian population is addicted to smokeless tobacco.
A large number of children and youth in India are addicted to smokeless tobacco. These preparations essentially have tobacco with or without supari and are well proven to be harmful for health.
Smokeless tobacco contains nicotine, which is highly addictive. Scientific evidence has established that tobacco chewing causes cancer of mouth, ocesophagus (food pipe), larynx and pharynx (throat), pancreas, stomach, kidney and lung.
It can also cause high blood pressure and other life-threatening cardiovascular conditions like myocardial ischemia, stroke etc