AFTER ‘NO SMOKING’ IT’S NOW TURN FOR ‘NO ALCOHOLISM’

The Union Health Minister, Anbumani Ramadoss, is planning a national policy on health hazards of alcohol. The policy is in its preliminary stage and is about to come very soon.

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The Union Health Minister, Anbumani Ramadoss, is planning a national policy on health hazards of alcohol. The policy is in its preliminary stage and is about to come very soon. But the national policy on alcohol will be recommendatory and not mandatory in nature, said the union health ministry. On the issue of “surrogate” advertisement of alcohol, Dr Ramadoss feels the situation is going out of control and as a corrective step has written to the Aviation Ministry and will also take up the issue with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry for disallowing such advertisements. Dr Ramadoss has also urged media to take up the matter seriously. The Health Minister said that the ministry will soon be reviewing the “no-smoking” ban and how it has been implemented in various states. Dr Ramadoss said the response has been good baring two or three states. He said the main focus of the ban is to create awareness among public and not on penalising.