Celebrities Who Fraudulently Advertise Tobacco are Not Heroes but Villains for Society

World No Tobacco Day is observed on May 31st every year. It’s an initiative created by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness about the health risks associated with tobacco use and to advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

The Gandhi Foundation, a member of the CSO Commission of the World Health Organization made an impactful presentation at JNU Medical College in Jaipur on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day. The event was aimed at eliminating tobacco usage. Lt. General (Dr.) B. K. Chopra, Principal and Controller of JNU Medical College presided over the event. He welcomed the chief guest and speaker of the program Dr Ramesh Gandhi, President of Gandhi Foundation.

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2024 is to protect children from the interference of the tobacco industry. In line with this theme, the keynote speaker Dr. Gandhi presented compelling films exposing the conspiracy of the tobacco industry and mafia behind fraudulent advertisements for tobacco, pan masala, e-cigarettes, and other similar products, the release stated.

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Dr Gandhi criticized the film actors and cricket players who fraudulently advertise tobacco, beedi, cigarette, and pan masala brands such as Vimal, Kamala Pasand, Signature, Dilbagh, etc. He emphasized that these individuals are leading millions of youth into drug addiction for financial gain. He claimed, “Such persons are not heroes but villains for society.” Dr. Gandhi called for an immediate ban on these fraudulent advertisements and severe punishment for those involved.

On this occasion, Brigadier (Dr.) S.B. Mahajan, Medical Superintendent of JNU Hospital, administered an oath to all Professors, Associate Professors, Faculty, Doctors, and Medical students present in the program to remain tobacco-free throughout their lives and to work towards making a tobacco-free society. The program was conducted by Group Captain Dr. Mudit Sharma of the Community Medicine Department of the college.

During the event, Dr Gandhi, at the age of 59, demonstrated his health and energy by jumping rope 100 times in 45 seconds, showcasing that a tobacco-free, satvik lifestyle can lead to sustained health and vitality. The program concluded with a vote of thanks from Professor Dr. Vivin Vincent of the Community Medicine Department, expressing gratitude to the organizers and guests.

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