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Tobacco pictorial warning pays off

Pictorial warning on the cigarette packet is a good initiative and that went a long way in reducing the number of smokers drastically. Over 60 per cent people benefitted because of the warning and it is a good sign for people to take care of the people. It is a right step in the right direction and the High Court is sticking to the stand in an effort to reduce the number of smokers and make them realise their own undoing in the most appropriate way. The pictorial can be followed by the layman as well and it is a welcome move in effort to reduce smoking citizens. Nicotine also has many harmful effects in the lungs, heart, blood pressure, kidneys and other organs, apart from putting you at a high risk of cancer and making you look and feel much older than your age as we call it the rapid aging effect. The brain literally craves for nicotine in its absence and this leads to the addictive effect. If there is a will, there is a way also to get rid of this bad habit. Get in touch with self-help groups, share knowledge experience and exchange views with others, who have been through the same addictive experience and overcome their problems. This will boost your own confidence and mental strength to avoid going back to addiction. Let us kick the butt once for all and kill the habit of smoking. That is my clarion call.

Anandambal Subbu

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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