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.