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Oct 12, 2008 at 09:59pm IST

Ramadoss wants a ban on alcohol next

New Delhi: Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has now decided to target alcohol consumption in the nation.

Ramadoss has decided that as Health Minister, he has to chalk out agendas that will ban or allow acts according to his sanitisation plan for the country.

He was succesfully able to enforce the ban on smoking in public places with the Supreme Court upholding the orders.

Following up that success, the Health Minister now plans to target the consumers of alcohol.

The Health Minister was speaking at the inaugural session of the National Policy on Alcohol Control in Chennai on Saturday, when he aired his views on alcohol consumption.

Ramadoss expressed that the increase in the consumption of alcohol was a worrying trend.

The Union Health ministry will soon chalk out a national policy on alcohol control. There's no definite word yet on the enforcement of a ban on alcohol, as yet.

Ramadoss said his ministry is consulting various experts and there will an action plan within a month or two.

“Definitely within a few months, on behalf of the Union Health Ministry, there will be some action on controlling or even banning alcohol,” said Ramadoss.

As far as the isue of the enforced no-smoking law, the health minister hopes that it will discourage the smokers and make them quit or at least reduce smoking.

To help those willing to try to kick the cancer stick, the health ministry has announced plans to lend a helping hand. It plans to set up 100 tobacco cessation clinics in the country over the next two years.

After butting out the cigarette from public places, the health ministry is now aiming for a hic hic hurray.