Sharad Pawar regrets not having been warned against tobacco use 40 years ago


Radhika Dhawad | Mar 20, 2018 6:27

Sharad Pawar
Sharad Pawar

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar shared his story of how he fought cancer and also confessed how he regretted consuming tobacco and supari. Pawar said he wished if someone had warned him against the use of tobacco 40 years back.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar he wished if someone had warned him against the use of tobacco 40 years back. Pawar shared his story of how he fought cancer and also confessed how he regretted consuming tobacco and supari.

 The NCP supremo recently spoke on oral cancer in Mumbai during the launch of the Indian Dental Association’s (IDA) drive to eradicate oral cancer and the use of tobacco by 2022. Pawar narrated his troubles and the excruciating pain he faced due to surgery and the complete removal of his teeth. As a result, he would find difficulty in speaking, swallowing food and opening his mouth wide.

Decades back, former prime minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee, upon seeing Pawar’s condition after being diagnosed with cancer, had said how one needs to stop consuming tobacco.

The former chief minister of Maharashtra, Pawar, even promised to take up the issue in Parliament. The event was held to commemorate World Oral Health Day, which falls on March 20.

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