Can-Stop launches several anti-tobacco initiatives in the city

This year, the WHO theme for World No-Tobacco Day (May 31) is “Tobacco Health Warnings.” In this regard, Can-Stop, a charitable organisation which serves patients belonging to the lower socio-economic strata in five government hospitals in the city, proposes to organise several events to create awareness about the hazards of tobacco consumption.

With the support of Sundaram Medical Foundation and in coordination with Chennai Metropolitan Transport Corporation, Can-Stop will conduct oral cancer screening camps on May 30 and June 6 at various bus terminals in Chennai, specifically targeting bus conductors and drivers. The team will comprise dentists, social workers and volunteers.

Those attending the camp will be asked about their tobacco-related history and guided accordingly. Dental problems identified at the time will be treated. Patients requiring biopsy or follow-up treatment will be counselled and emphasis will be laid on creating an understanding of the link between cancer and tobacco addiction.

Stickers with anti-tobacco slogans will be given to motorists, buses and autos in the city. On May 31, information and counselling on kicking the tobacco habit will be provided free of cost at Can-Stop, Sundaram Medical Foundation Hospital.

Information about the ill-effects of tobacco and the right to clean air will be displayed on city buses for a month.

Can-Stop will also screen a short film produced by award-winning ad filmmaker Sharad Haksar. The 45-second clip will be screened in all prominent movie theatres in the city.

For more information contact Can-Stop at canstop@smfhospital.org or 26284256 or www.canstop.org or www.can-stop.blogspot.com

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