To mark the 30th anniversary of ‘World No Tobacco Day’, which falls on May 31, 2017, doctors from Yavatmal district of Maharashtra are preparing a massive anti-tobacco awareness run.
For this occasion the Yavatmal unit of Indian Medical Association (IMA), has organised several programs to make people aware of the health threats posed by tobacco consumption.
The awareness drive will begin with a mini marathon organised especially for doctors. For the marathon event IMA has invited Homeopathy and Ayurveda doctors as well. The marathon will end at Yavatmal bus stop with a skit performance by marathon participants.
Approximately 48% men and 20% women, who constitute 35% of adult population, consume tobacco. Of these, at least 10 lakh are dying each year suffering from tobacco-related diseases. In tobacco market, 48% is accounted to bidis, 38% to chewing tobacco and 14% to cigarettes.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra Dr Swapnil Mankar, IMA Secretary Yavatmal said, “Tobacco consumption is becoming the leading reason behind oral cancer. We want to reach people, to make them aware about the health hazards of tobacco. If you invite people for an event they don’t tend to show up. That’s why we have decided to go amongst them with our campaign.”
IMA has also arranged lectures of experts for auto rickshaw and truck drivers to spread awareness. The experts later will talk to municipal sweepers as well.