Mumbai: Maharashtra's Health Minister Deepak Sawant on Tuesday said that de-addiction centres will be set up in all the government-run hospitals in the state.
Speaking on the eve of World No Tobacco Day, Sawant said: "Government is ready to join hands with pioneer private Institutes like Asian Cancer Institute for reducing tobacco consumption and creating awareness about tobacco de-addiction."
The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) India report says smoking kills over 1 million people in the country annually. The economic burden of tobacco consumption is around Rs 1,04,500 crore per annum.
Present on the occasion, Ramakant Deshpande, Oncologist and executive chairman of the Asian Cancer Institute, said : "The earlier a person quits tobacco, the greater are the health benefits. It is a fact that lung function increases by up to 30 percent within two weeks to three months after a person gives up smoking."