DMA and Heart Care Foundation of India Demands complete ban on Gutka, Tobacco & Tobacco Products
DMA and Heart Care Foundation of India demanded ban on Gutka, Tobacco and Tobacco Products in Delhi on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day. On this occasion, Hon’ble Chief Minister Delhi Smt. Shiela Dikshit Ji released a poster to highlight the ill-effects of tobacco and how to Quit Tobacco. The poster designed by Heart Care Foundation of India and DMA will be distributed / pasted to all the nursing homes and medical establishments in Delhi for creating awareness amongst the general masses. Dr. Harish Gupta, President, DMA said that there are more than 9 lakhs deaths, 1.5 lakh cancers patients, 3.7 million lung disease, 8.3 million cases of coronary artery diseases and chronic obstructive airway diseases are attributable to tobacco every year in India. Tobacco related cancers account for nearly half of all cancers among men and one-fourth among women. Once addicted, rate of quieting tobacco in India is around 5-10% as compared to USA & UK where it is around 30-40%. DMA is working towards establishing tobacco cessation clinics by providing training to its doctors on de-addiction. DMA is creating awareness amongst the public about hazards of tobacco and has suggested ways on how to quit tobacco. The DMA and HCFI delegation requested Delhi Govt. to start tobacco cessation clinics in all government hospitals and give support to private doctors for taking up this initiative in public interest. Due to tobacco consumption, not only the consumer who suffers and treads his life to death but along with him life of his close one also comes to a grave end. Dr. Vijay Kohli, Hony, State Secretary, DMA demanded ban on Gutka, Tobacco and Tobacco products in Delhi. DMA will organize various workshops, seminars and lectures for public as well as for doctors to train them and to create awareness in the public about the harms of tobacco. He further informed that seminar on Quit Tobacco was organized at DMA House Daryaganj, New Delhi on the 30th May 2012 on the above issue. Dr. Sandeep Budhiraja (Director-Internal Medicine, Max Health Care) and Dr. Sameer Malhotra (Health –Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences, Max Health Care) delivered their talks on Smoking Cessation Therapies and Tobacco Cessation & Relapse Prevention respectively. Padmashri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India said that Tobacco is easy to start but difficult to Quit. Tobacco causes addiction and this needs de-addiction as it is an illness. Quitting needs family as well as doctor support. There are very few trained doctors, or de-addiction clinics and limited numbers of de-addiction centers in Govt. hospitals.