Launch of awareness videos, photographyexpo, rallies mark World No Tobacco Day

Medical institutions and other organisations across the city organised various events to mark World No Tobacco Day on Friday.

Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Oncology and Research (SRIOR) launched animated videos on the ill-effects of tobacco in English and Tamil at the hospital’s auditorium. District Collector K. Rajamani launched the videos in the presence of P. Guhan, Director, SRIOR, D. Lakshmi Narayanaswamy, joint managing trustee, SNR Sons Charitable Trust, and K. Karthikesh, Chief Surgical Oncologist, SRIOR. The videos can be accessed for free on www.quitsmokingsrior.com The videos will be screened to the public with the help of a van configured with audio-visual facilities, according to a press release.

At the event, Mr. Rajamani said that he would take steps to prevent sale of tobacco products near educational institutions. He told mediapersons that he would make surprise visits with the police to ensure the implementation of the ban on tobacco products near schools and colleges.

Dr. Guhan told The Hindu that out of 25,000 people screened in Coimbatore in 2018-19 under SRIOR’s project DEEPAM (Detect Early Ensure Prevention and Management), 17 were diagnosed with oral cancer and 3,900 people had precancerous lesions of the oral cavity. Nearly one lakh people were counselled to quit smoking under this project, he added.

The Institute of Pulmonary Medicine at PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research conducted a conference on the health impacts of tobacco and distributed awareness handbills to the public, a press release said. A photo exhibition on the health impacts of tobacco was also arranged. R.M.P.L Ramanathan, Professor and Director, PSG Institute of Pulmonary Medicine, led the awareness programmes.

Lions Club of Coimbatore- Nehru Nagar along with Friends of Police submitted a petition to the District Tobacco Control Cell to curb the sales of cigarettes and tobacco products in Kovaipudur, Saravanampatti and Avinashi Road, where the educational institutions are concentrated. S. Senthilkumar, Coordinator, Friends of Police, told The Hindu that the practice of displaying advertisements on tobacco products near schools and colleges must be curbed.

Coimbatore Cancer Foundation held an event under its ‘Tobacco-Free Coimbatore’ movement. B. Vijayalalithambigai, Designated Officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (Coimbatore), was the chief guest, according to a press release. The Foundation has trained 40 NCC cadets from eight colleges to generate awareness against tobacco consumption among their peers, the release said.

Students from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, who were part of the National Service Scheme, held various events to spread awareness on bad effects of tobacco on Friday. According to a press release, students took out rallies, distributed pamphlets and painted cartoons on walls for creating awareness against use of tobacco consumption.

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