Effective and stringent implementation of smoke-free laws can go a long way in saving people from cardiovascular diseases and cancers, opined health experts and other fraternity who met in the city on the World No Tobacco Day, observed on May 31, 2018.
Renowned Cardiologists Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, Dr Vijayalakshmi Balekundri, Head of De-addiction Centre of NIMHANS Dr Prathima Murthy, Postmaster General Col. Arvind Verma, Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare Smt Savithri, renowned oncologist from HCG Dr Vishal Rao U S participated as chief guests in the program.
A special postal cover and stamp was inaugurated by Col. Arvind Verma on this occasion.
Speaking on this occasion, Dr Devi Prasad Shetty said, “Tobacco has become one of the major health concerns of the country. Majority of the tobacco addiction starts at the age of 21, and if people especially youth can endure the addiction and craving during this age, then it is very unlikely they will get addicted to this in future. Intensive awareness can decrease the damage caused by tobacco.”
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Vishal Rao U S, Oncologist of Health Care Global (HCG) hospital and Member of High Power Committee on Tobacco Control, Government of Karnataka, said “Second hand smoking (SHS) is a major cause of cardiovascular diseases. I am glad to announce that HCG has partnered with the State govt for effective implementation of Smoke-free City Campaign by sponsoring 5000 ‘No Smoking Signage’ to eateries and restaurants across the city. Being a cancer hospital, we are glad that we will also be participating in creating awareness about second hand smoke exposure, thereby also reducing incidences of Cardiovascular diseases.”
Dr. Thriveni B S, Project Director, Smoke Free Bengaluru Initiative and Member, Task Force for NCD prevention, Govt. of Karnataka, said "Smoke Free City Initiative, under the Partnership for Healthy Cities initiative led by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the World Health Organisation, focuses to create awareness about harmful effects of second hand smoking and reduction in public place smoking. There is a misunderstanding among many that second-hand smoking (SHS) is not harmful, but it’s important to know that SHS is as harmful as active smoking. It’s time people say No to smoking in public places and at home as well".
Mr. Chandrashekar Hebbar, President, Bruhat Bengaluru Hotel Association, on this occasion said, “Collaborative work is always good to implement smoke free laws. Even from our association, we are trying to follow smoke free laws effectively. We are thankful to HCG management who are providing 5000 “No Smoking Signage” to the Bruhat Bengaluru Hotel Association (BBHA) and Restaurants association on this occasion, which will help to comply with smoke fee laws and increase awareness thereby reducing the risk of second hand smoke exposure.”