Rubbing in the 'stub it out' message on No Tobacco Day

Cautious: Visitors at an awareness exhibition on World Tobacco Day on Tuesday.DH photo

The World No Tobacco Day was observed by several organisations in the City on Tuesday to convey to the people the ill-effects of smoking on their health.

The State police department, along with HealthCare Global Enterprises Limited (HCG), organised a health camp for police personnel to create awareness on the harmful effects of tobacco and about how to quit the habit through yoga. The effort was part of the cancer prevention drive.

Dr Amit, consultant, HCG,  said: “Tobacco is a major risk factor for developing various cancers, especially oral and lung cancer. If tobacco consumption is stopped, one third of cancer-related deaths worldwide can be prevented. Screening can help detect cancer at an early stage in people who consume tobacco and will lead to better treatment.”

The hospital is conducting a six-month study, in association with the Police Department, to understand the stress levels among police personnel, estimate the actual tobacco consumption (both smoking and chewing tobacco) and also assess the impact of vehicular pollution on traffic police.

Sagar Hospitals had mobile vans conducting free check-up of the lungs among the public in several areas of Bangalore South.

The Karnataka Cancer Society organised an awareness programme where specialists made a presentation on the hazards of smoking. At Freedom Park, a cultural and educational event was held for the public with poster presentation by the medical fraternity for creating awareness. Live music performances were also held by doctors and artistes at the amphitheatre of Freedom Park.

The staff and students of Rajarajeswari Dental College and Hospital, in collaboration with the Karnataka chapter of International Medical Science Academy, organised a street campaign near Kengeri New Bus Stand. Thousands of leaflets on the ill effects of tobacco were distributed to the public and staff of KSRTC. Banners educating the public about the dangers of smoking and chewing tobacco were displayed.

Hotels like Lalit Ashok requested their guests not to smoke on the hotel premises on the occasion of World Anti Tobacco Day.

College students’ rally

Students of Jyothi Nivas College took out a rally to mark  World Anti-Tobacco Day.
The college authorities said as soon as the institution received directives on the ban of sale of tobacco products within 100 yards of the premises of educational institutions, the management had put up two huge boards at the entrance of the campus and one inside the campus.

Besides, all students were informed about the directive received from the Supreme Court and the High Court on the harmful effects of tobacco.

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