“Tobacco use is one of the main risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including cancer, lung diseases, and cardiovascular diseases Tobacco use is one of the biggest PREVENTABLE public health threats India has ever faced” said Prof Rama Kant.
10 LAKH DEATHS ATTRIBUTED TO TOBACCO USE IN INDIA EVERY YEAR
“It kills more than ten lakh people in India every year. According to WHO, up to half of current users will eventually die of a tobacco-related disease. Tobacco users who die prematurely deprive their families of income, raise the cost of healthcare and hinder economic development” said Prof 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.
Prof Rama Kant appealed to students to choose life over tobacco and not fell in the trap of deceptive indirect and surrogate tobacco promotion. “Tobacco industry is the biggest threat to implementing tobacco control laws, and Government must put a check on tobacco industry and enforce public health laws strictly” said Bobby Ramakant from CNS, who conducted other sessions with Rahul Dwivedi of Vote For Health. Principal Rashmi Bhargava, DPS teacher Ishwar Singh Koranga, and others also attended the Vote For Health session at DPS.
Citizen News Service - CNS