Singer Shaan has been appointed as the Tobacco Control Ambassador
for the country by the health ministry at a function held at the
Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel. BK Prasad, joint secretary of Union
Health Ministry and Family Welfare, told that Shaan as an youth
icon, will help curbing the tobacco use among the youngsters.
"According to the 2010 Global Youth Tobacco Survey, almost 14.5%
of the tobacco consumers belong to the 13 to 15 age group," informed Prasad. Shaan who has influenced the young Indians by the
power of his voice has released a song, written by Rekha Nigam,
which aims at curbing tobacco use.
“Tobacco consumers are like suicide bombers - killing themselves
and threatening others by passive smoking," told Shaan. The singer
even expressed his grief at losing his father, who was a tobacco
addict, at the age of 43 to cancer.