Awareness rally in Dharwad is part of World No Tobacco Day
Youth asked to shun habit of smoking, chewing tobacco
‘Around 8 lakh people die from tobacco-related diseases every year'
DHARWAD: A large number of people from all walks of life participated in the anti-tobacco awareness rally held here on Saturday.
The rally was organised to mark World No Tobacco Day, observed on May 31.
World Vision India, Indian Red Cross Society of Dharwad, Padmashri Dr. R.B. Patil Cancer Hospital, and District Health and Family Welfare Department jointly organised the event.
MLA Chandrakanth Bellad, who flagged off the rally, called upon elders to set a precedent by discontinuing the use of tobacco.
He asked the youth to shun habits like chewing or smoking tobacco and contribute towards building a healthy society.
Deputy Mayor Bharati Patil expressed alarm over the increasing number of women taking to smoking and chewing tobacco.
Retired District Surgeon V.D. Karpurmath said the country was third in terms of consumption of tobacco products.
Every day, around 55,000 youth are getting addicted to smoking, he said. It would make children its “slaves”, he warned.
“Apart from nicotine, tobacco contains nearly 4,000 poisonous chemicals of which 40 could be responsible for cancer,” Dr. Karpurmath said. Every year, around 8 lakh people die from diseases caused by consumption of tobacco, he pointed out.
The rally covered some slums in the city. Several slum-dwellers took part.