The Hindu’s awareness walk underlines the need for a sustained campaign
“Quit all forms of tobacco use including smoking.” This was the central theme of the awareness walk organised by The Hindu in association with Kauvery Hospital here on Friday. Organised on World No Tobacco Day, the walk drove home the message of perils of smoking and consuming tobacco. The need to sustain the campaign especially from the grassroots level was emphasised by speakers at the event.
Quoting statistics, A. Kader Sahib, consultant and interventional cardiologist, Kauvery Hospital, said 60 lakh people die due to smoking across the world. The most distressing fact was that death due to smoking was highest in India, he pointed out.
Consumption of paan and gutka were equally dangerous as they cause oral cancer, he said.
Smokers must realise that they not only harm their own health by puffing cigarettes but also put at risk the health of non-smokers, especially children and women, Dr. Sahib said. “You buy a disease by smoking,” he said.
Stating that many women in the country took to smoking, Dr. Sahib said the habit would lead to complications in the long run such as abortions.
Flagging off the walk, Corporation Commissioner V.P. Thandapani said every individual should take a vow to quit tobacco. Sustained campaigns against tobacco consumption and smoking must be organised , he said.
N. Senthil Kumar, senior consultant and interventional cardiologist, Kauvery Hospital, called upon the smokers and tobacco users to quit all forms of tobacco use including smoking.
K. Chandrasekharan, Regional General Manager, The Hindu, Tiruchi, called upon the participants to spread the message to the public on a daily basis.
U.K. Ananthapadmanabhan, president (group operations and projects), Kauvery Hospital, said the hospital had organised awareness programmes on obesity and hand washing .
S. Chandrakumar, managing director, Kauvery Hospital, and Dr. N. Arun Kumar, consultant and interventional cardiologist, participated in the event.
Students of K.M.C. College of Nursing and the hospital staff, carrying placards, took part in the rally that commenced from Kauvery Hospital and culminated at Bishop Heber Higher Secondary School at Puthur. Pamphlets were distributed to the people as part of the awareness walk.
Three best slogans were selected on the occasion and prizes were distributed to those who coined them.