Indian wrestler Sangram Singh shares his views on how tobacco is harming the society and affecting the lives of both youth and adults. Sangram, who is very vocal about his thoughts and ideas, also opened up on his childhood struggles as he was born prematurely.
Sangram won the Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship consecutively in 2015 and 2016. He is also known for his philanthropy and motivational speeches, which helped him gain more popularity.
Talking about his childhood days, Sangram said that he was confined to a wheelchair for more than 8 years as he had severe arthritis.
“Today, people recognize me as a wrestler of international stature, but very few believe that I was born as a premature baby, and spent 8 years of my childhood due to severe arthritis (joint pain). Confined to a wheelchair for more than a year. Every day of those years was a struggle for me and my family. The doctors who thought I wouldn’t be able to live had left me. But my mother’s care and blessings And thanks to strong willpower, I recovered later and was fortunate to get a chance to represent my country in sports tournaments,” said Sangram.
Sangram advised the youth of the country not to let their lives go up in smoke and work on themselves to become the best versions of themselves.
“Surviving a difficult childhood, I am saddened to see the children and young adults around me fall into the trap of smoking and chewing tobacco, unaware that this evil can handicap them for life. Life is precious and we have to live it to the best of it’s potential. How wonderful if our children and youth, who use tobacco, stop spending their lives in smoke, and change themselves to be the best. Give. Only good living values and strong mind can help India to grow as a better and stronger nation.”
He further added that most of the smoking also had an adverse effect on COVID-19.
“More and more evidence is emerging that a young India is vulnerable to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), most of which are due to tobacco addiction. As this coincides with the Covid-19 pandemic, evidence suggests that smokers are up to 50% more likely to suffer the adverse effects of coronavirus infection,” he said.
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