The Hindu in association with MGCHRI organises awareness programme on World No Tobacco Day

On an average, a person who smokes regularly more than 10 cigarettes a day stands to lose 10 years of life span. The deadly habit affects a person emotionally, psychologically as well as physically.

Every year, 8-10 lakh cases of cancer are being reported and most of them are caused due to smoking. One pack of cigarette increases the risk of cancer by 83 per cent, surgical oncologist and managing director of Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital and Research Institute V. Murali Krishna explained.

Speaking at a health awareness programme organised by The Hindu in association with MGCHRI for GVMC employees, he along with a panel of doctors highlighted effective measures to reduce tobacco consumption and cancer on ‘World No Tobacco Day’ at Swarna Bharathi Indoor Stadium here on Friday.

Addressing a huge gathering of GVMC employees from various departments, Dr. Murali Krishna explained about common types of cancers and diseases like lung cancer, oral cancer, stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer and peripheral vascular disease caused due to smoking and the need to take effective measures to control the habit. He also stressed the need to pass on the message to family, friends and relatives and help them quit smoking.

Posters designed by the doctors of MGCHRI, emphasising on the implications of smoking were released by Municipal Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana, who attended the campaign as chief guest.

He appreciated the collective drive taken by The Hindu which was known for its credibility.

“Despite the ban imposed by the State government, tobacco is still available in the market. Collective measures should be taken to help people understand the ill effects of tobacco consumption and to spread awareness,” he said.

Radiation oncologist of MGCHRI K.C. Patro underlined the need to follow healthy diet and detection of cancer at an early stage.

“One should pay attention to any unusual bleeding, formation or thickening of lump in any part of the body, prolonged cough despite the treatment and enlargement of moles,” he added.

The campaign concluded with a pledge administered by GVMC Senior Medical Officer Srinivas against tobacco consumption. Additional Commissioner (General) K.Ramesh, in-charge GVMC Chief Medical Health Officer Bhaskar Rao and regional general manager of The Hindu T.V. Suresh, among others participated.

  • Posters designed by doctors emphasising on the implications of smoking released

  • Need to follow healthy diet and detection of cancer at an early stage stressed