Smoking and consumption of tobacco products can shorten one’s lifespan, Indian Medical Association secretary S. Ghouse Peer and Jana Vignana Vedika district general secretary A. Raghunatha Reddy said on Friday.

Fifty-four lakh deaths in the world and about 10 lakh deaths in India occur due to use of tobacco products, they said after launching a banner in front of Kadapa Collectorate on ‘World No Tobacco Day’. They urged people to keep away from smoking and tobacco products to prevent oral and lung cancer and heart diseases.

They advised people to give up smoking, not smoke in public places and if they were unable to give up, to at least reduce the number of cigarettes they smoked.

CPI(M) district secretary B. Narayana, TDP leader S. Subhan Basha, Congress leader Nazeem Basha, IMA former secretary M. Gangadhar Reddy, JVV leaders Prabhakar, Srinivas, Narasimha Reddy, Siddhaiah and Govind, former Bar Association president A. Sampath Kumar and United Muslim Forum secretary Rafiq Khan participated.

About 10 lakh deaths in India occur due to tobacco use