He is the former Head of the Department of Surgery, CSM Medical University (erstwhile King George’s Medical College – KGMC).
"Tobacco is the major cause of oral cancer. Stopping all kind of tobacco consumption will certainly reduce the risk of cancer but reducing the consumption of tobacco does not reduce your risk of cancer. So stop using tobacco to prevent cancer. Those who have pre-cancerous lesions, should stop using tobacco and get checked by a doctor, to reduce the chance of getting oral cancer" said Prof (Dr) Rama Kant.
"Tobacco users need help to quit. Studies show that few people understand the specific health risks of tobacco use. For example, a 2009 survey revealed that only 37% of smokers knew that smoking causes coronary heart disease and only 17% knew that it causes stroke. Among smokers who are aware of the dangers of tobacco, most want to quit. Counselling and medication can more than double the chance that a smoker who tries to quit will succeed" said Prof Rama Kant.
Rights and Responsibilities Training Camp was held during 25-31 May 2011 and is covering sessions and hands-on training workshops on citizen journalism (blogging, Hindi and English issue-based reporting, photo-journalism, online syndication, social media), tobacco control, using Right To Information (RTI) Act in tobacco control, creative arts in tobacco control advocacy and trained Lucknow youth to produce a REPORT CARD on TOBACCO CONTROL LAWS in Lucknow which was presented to the Government authorities on World No Tobacco Day.
The Rights and Responsibilities Training Camp was organized jointly by Citizens for Healthy Lucknow campaign, Indian Society Against Smoking, Asha Parivar, Abhinav Bharat Foundation (ABF) and CNS.