GN Bureau | April 1, 2015
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Dilip Gandhi has made a loaded statement that no Indian studies link tobacco to cancer. The MP in his capacity as chairman of the Lok Sabha’s committee of subordinate legislations should have had his facts verified before giving such statement.
Tragically this statement came at a time when India mourns the death of a woman, who put a face to anti-tobacco campaign. The poster woman of tobacco campaign in India, Sunita Tomar, succumbed to oral cancer on Wednesday. Two-days before her death she wrote to prime minister Narendra Modi about her dismay at the MP’s statement. She was 30 years-old and had fought a long battle against cancer before it relapsed.
But the 15-member committee, made a space for the tobacco industry without speaking to health experts before making such claims.
Here are a few facts and figures the BJP MP should have checked before putting his claim:
(Source: Global Adult Tobacco Survey, World Health Organisation and 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health)
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