On ‘World No Tobacco Day’
Choose life, not tobacco , says Dr. Rajendra Pal, Civil Surgeon
Ferozepur, May 31, 2023: Various health activities are continuously going on under the leadership of Civil Surgeon n Dr. Rajinder Pal and in this context on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day today, during a brief awareness meeting at the Office of the Civil Surgeon Ferozepur, the employees were encouraged to quit from smoking and use of tobacco.
On the occasion, Civil Surgeon Dr. Rajinder Pal said that millions of people worldwide die of cancer every year due to tobacco consumption, so it is very important to be aware of the harm caused by smoking. The increase in oral cancer-related diseases is mostly due to smoking. Tobacco consumption has a very bad effect on the entire human body. Its use has deadly effects on the heart, brain, kidneys, liver, respiratory system and reproductive system. Tobacco consumption also causes lung cancer. Tobacco consumption reduces the immunity of the body and its long-term use leads to decline in overall health.
If talked about in the context of Covid-19, where reduced immunity due to tobacco consumption proves fatal in corona cases and people who consume chewing tobacco have to spit repeatedly which is one of the main reasons for the spread of corona disease.
This time the theme is ‘We need Food not Tobacco’, said Civil Surgeon. Quoting an example, he said that too much water is needed for the tobacco crop. With so much water, grain can be produced to fill the stomach of many people.
District Health Officer Dr. Harkirat Singh said that the services of expert doctors are available free of cost at District Hospital Ferozepur. He also said that anyone can get rid of the bad habit of tobacco consumption with strong will power and proper medical treatment.
On this occasion, District Food Safety Officer Harwinder Singh also shared that appropriate actions are taken continuously to enforce the COTPA Act 2003 in the district which prohibits advertisement of, and to provide for the regulation of trade and commerce in, and production, supply and distribution of cigarettes and other tobacco products in India.
He also said that under the Food Safety and Standard Act 2006 by the Punjab Government in the state Gutka, Pan-Masala, Flavored Scented Chewing Tobacco and any edible item, which include manufacturing, storage, sale and distribution of tobacco and nicotine has been banned in the state besides making smoking in public places as punishable offense and challans are issued by the department from time to time.
On this occasion, Assistant Civil Surgeon Dr. Sushman Thakkar, District Immunization Officer Dr.Meenakshi Abrol, District Epidemiologist, Dr. Shaminder Pal Kaur, Dr. Yuvraj Narang, Superintendent Paramveer Monga, Mass Media Officer, Ranjeev, Drug Inspector Amit Bansal, District Program Manager Harish Kataria, Sr. Assistant Tripti, PA Vikas Kalra, Charanjit Singh, Sukhchain Singh etc. were present. BCC Coordinator Rajnik Kaur, Ashish Bhandari provided special support in conducting the activity.