I am Naveen Khanna, a victim of chewing tobacco. I was occasionally consuming Gutka for the last many years until one day I realized that I developed mouth cancer that changed my life forever. Things were never the same. Now I cannot eat food properly as I was operated where my jaw and part of the face was surgically removed which left my face permanently disfigured. My speech has also become distorted. I had to spend lakhs of rupees in treatment and continue to do so. My career and family life have been completely disrupted. My family members have been facing a traumatic time and their pain and suffering cannot be expressed in words
'Let this not happen to anyone else'
Millions of Indians are dying due to the consumption of chewing tobacco products. More and more youngsters are addicted to Gutka, Khaini and Pan Masala with tobacco without realizing that it contains more than 4000 chemicals of which more than 28 are cancerous.
Central government has already asked states to go ahead with implementing the orders that can help to ban chewing tobacco products but Karnataka government is yet to implement this.
There are over 1.5 crore tobacco consumers in Karnataka- majority (19%) of whom consume chewing tobacco. About 50 lakhs of these will die a premature death and more will be diseased.
So I urge the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karnataka Mr.Jagadish Shettar to implement the ban on chewing tobacco products in Karnataka
Please join me in saving millions of lives. Every signature here could save countless lives.
You could also make a personal call to the CM's office: 080- 22252573
I urge all citizens of Karnataka to support this Noble initiative. Your signature can save lakhs of lives. Every live is precious.
MLA sensitization & GATS Factsheet release in Karnataka - http://www.vovindia.org/blog/mediacoverage/mla-sensitization-gats-factsheet-release-karnataka/