Modi targets tobacco, defends ban on e-cigs
PM greets Lata on her 90th birthday
New Delhi: In his monthly radio address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to give up tobacco and said the government move to ban e-cigarettes was to ensure that the youth could be kept away from getting addicted.
This was the first time the PM commented on health hazards linked to e-cigarettes since the Union cabinet banned the sale, production and storage of e-cigarettes through an ordinance. Addressing the nation through his ‘Mann ki Baat’, Modi said it was a “myth” that e-cigarettes posed no danger.
The prime minister also asked citizens to launch a campaign to felicitate and honour girls who have made a mark in various fields as their achievements were for E-cigarettes have been banned so that this new method of intoxication doesn’t destroy our demographically young country... A misconception has been created about e-cigarettes. People are not aware of its dangers... do not harbour any misconceptions about e-cigarettes
PM Modi In ‘Mann Ki Baat’
the greater public good.
“Daughters are considered as Lakshmi in our culture... can’t we felicitate daughters in our villages and cities by holding public programmes?” he asked, adding that several women in the country had made a mark with their talents.
Narendra Modi said he had extended birthday greetings to Lata Mangeshkar before embarking on his week-long visit to the US . Mangeshkar turned 90 on September 28. Modi described Mangeshkar as an elder sister while the singer heaped praise on him, saying the picture of India had started changing ever since he became the Prime Minister.