Modi tar­gets tobacco, de­fends ban on e-cigs

PM greets Lata on her 90th birthday

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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.

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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.

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