Doctors from Paras Bliss Hospital deliberate on ill-effects of tobacco at seminar
Mohali, June 1, 2018: To commemorate the World No Tobacco Day, Citizens Awareness Group, a local NGO in collaboration with Consumer VOICE, a Delhi based NGO, organised a seminar at Hotel Mirage in Sector 70 here. The seminar involved experts from Paras Bliss Hospital, Panchkula.
Dr Ashish Arora, Consultant Internal Medicine, Paras Bliss Hospital, Panchkula said, “Tobacco chewing and smoking is a major modifiable health risk factor. It is responsible for oral diseases including oral and gastrointestinal cancers, precancerous conditions, pulmonary disease, cardiovascular diseases, stroke. Smoking and tobacco use (in other forms) leads to premature deaths because of various diseases caused by its use. Tobacco products contain many harmful chemicals including nicotine, carbon monoxide, tar.”
Dr. Rajendra P Setty, Senior Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterology, Paras Bliss Hospital, Panchkula said, Tobacco addiction is very difficult to get rid of and is one of the leading cause of death. Smoking can increase the risks of cardiovascular diseases, reproductive problems, dental diseases, cancer in lungs, throat, stomach, mouth and pancreas. Exposure to second hand smoke (passive smoking) is an issue of concern for families of smokers.
Surinder Verma, Chairman, Citizens Awareness Group, while giving the opening remarks said every year this day reminds us of the need to spread awareness on the ill-effects of tobacco. While welcoming the delegates he said, it was indeed a pleasure to have experts and senior government functionaries here to deliberate on the issue.
Balbir Singh Sidhu, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Labour Minister, who was the chief guest while addressing the audience said, NGO have an important role in taking forward such causes and NGOs must go to the rural areas and spread awareness in places where there is zero literacy. He said this section of people need a lot of awareness.
Rita Bhardwaj, Chief Medical Officer, spoke on the measures being taken to curb the menace and also shared details on cancer cases being reported at government hospitals. She said S.A.S. Nagar has been declared smoke-free and will soon be made tobacco-free. She said this was only possible with support from people and there was a need for awareness as it was indeed a matter of concern that number of deaths due to tobacco consumption is on the rise.