IDA join hands with KMC to conduct drives against tobacco consumption

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first_imgKolkata: The Indian Dental Association (IDA) will join hands with the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Kolkata Municipal Corporation in spreading awareness against the consumption of tobacco.As a part of its anti-tobacco campaign, the IDA has taken up a host of initiatives on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day on 31 May. The health awareness camp will be organised at Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital. The IDA has taken a pledge to hold various health camps to make people aware of the ill-effects of tobacco consumption in various forms. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRallies will be held, where people from all walks of society, will take part only to highlight the danger of consuming tobacco. Various others anti-tobacco drives will also be organised on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day. IDA organises regular health talks, check-up camps and give suggestions to the state government and thus helps in implementing the anti-tobacco laws in West Bengal.India is home to one of the largest number of tobacco consumers in the world and West Bengal contributes largely to that. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2010(GATS), 36.3% of the population of West Bengal uses tobacco in some form. This would amount to as many as 2.5 crore of people.Oral cancer has been on the rise. Oral cancer constitutes about 40% of all forms of cancer in our country and 30% of them stem from the use of tobacco. People from all sections of the society are victims. Strict measures should be taken to check the use of Gutkha among the people in the state and also a ban on smoking in public places. Smokeless chewing of tobacco like gutkha, khaini, paan and so on leaves people of Bengal vulnerable to various ailments. Also, cigarettes, bidis and alcohol increase the risk further. Almost in all cases, the patient comes for check up due to toothache and finds he is in a pre-cancerous state, a radiation oncologist in the city said.Dr Raju Biswas, State Secretary of the Indian Dental Association said: “Tobacco epidemic is one of the major health threats to the public health system. Our initiative is to free West Bengal from the clutches of Tobacco epidemic. It is very encouraging to get full support from the state government.”last_img

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