World No Tobacco Day today

Cancer caused by consumption of tobacco products kills one person every six seconds according to World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics, said city-based medical oncologist N. Subba Rao, one of the cancer specialists, who has been conducting various cancer awareness programmes.

He is conducting free screening and counselling for users of tobacco products on the “World No Tobacco Day” to be observed on Friday. The WHO has given a call for observing World No Tobacco Day on May 31 every year. The theme for the Day this year is “Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.”

While consumption of tobacco in any form was carcinogenic, chewing of tobacco either directly or mixed with other materials was more dangerous from the cancer view point. Tobacco consumption was causing six million deaths every year in the world.

Six lakh people were developing cancer due to secondary smoking. As many as 4,000 different chemicals are introduced into the body through cigarette smoke and 60 of them were toxic. Nicotine was the most toxic and addictive chemical, Dr. Subba Rao said.

Cancer was not the only health hazard caused by cigarette smoking. Chief Cardiologist and Managing Director of Aayush Hospitals K.Gopala Krishna said that smoking caused the blockages in the blood vessels of the heart and increases the stickiness of the blood platelets that cause acute heart attacks that cause sudden death.

Even a regular smoker can get back the health condition he had before smoking days by stopping for two years. “Even if you smoke for 10 years and then stop for two years your health condition becomes like it was before you are smoking with regard to blood vessels,” Dr Gopala Krishna said.


  • Medical oncologist to conduct free screening and counselling for users of tobacco products

  • The theme for the Day this year is “Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship”