Coming up with another thoughtful initiative for the year, The Hindu , in association with Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital and Research Institute (MGCH and RI), is all set to campaign against tobacco consumption for the benefit of the employees of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation.

A host of risk factors associated with tobacco consumption and effective measures to control the habit will be explained by a team of experts -- surgical oncologist and managing director of MGCH and RI V. Murali Krishna, radiation oncologist K.C. Patro, in-charge GVMC Chief Medical Health Officer Bhaskar Rao and GVMC Senior Medical Officer Srinivas -- at the panel discussion organised on ‘World No Tobacco Day’.

Municipal Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana will participate as chief guest and distribute brochures on the prevention of tobacco and cancer and its lethal effects.

Participants can also avail free consultation and counselling at the end of the session. Elaborating the ill effects of tobacco consumption, Dr. V. Murali Krishna said that according to a recent survey, passive smoking causes around 6,00,000 premature deaths in a year. He said that every year nearly 5.4 million people die from lung cancer, cardiovascular disease and a host of other diseases caused due to smoking. “Tobacco consumption continues to be the main risk factor for every six out of eight leading causes of death in the world,” he said and emphasised on six effective policies outlined by World Health Organisation MPower framework convention on tobacco control such as monitor tobacco use and prevention policies, protect people from tobacco smoke, offer help to quit tobacco use, warn about the dangers of tobacco, enforce ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship and raising taxes on tobacco.

Those who want to participate can visit Swarna Bharathi Indoor Stadium at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

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