Narayana Hospital’s World No Tobacco Day Events Focus on Protecting Children from Tobacco Harm

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Narayana Hospital’s World No Tobacco Day Events Focus on Protecting Children from Tobacco Harm

Howrah, May 31, 2024 – Narayana Hospital, Howrah and Chunavati, in collaboration with Rise Above, Samaritan Help Mission, Shinning Earth Foundation, and the International Association for Human Values, successfully organized a series of events to observe World No Tobacco Day. This event highlighted the importance of tobacco cessation and promoted public health awareness.

The events began with a Free Health Check-up Camp at the Samaritan Help Mission Auditorium. Ten local NGOs were invited to participate in this initiative, which started at 10 am following the commencement of the rally. The camp offered free ECGs, pulmonary function tests, and various other health screenings, providing valuable health services to the community at no cost.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Tobacco because of its compelling nature and easy availability is spreading like a virus and children are no exception. In light of the above issue, the World WHO celebrates ‘World No Tobacco Day’ on 31st May every year. For 2024, the theme is ‘Protecting children from tobacco industry interference’ as per WHO. Aligning the theme of this year, the Narayan Hospitals,Howrah’s Health Check-up and No Tobacco Rally/Walkathon aimed at creating awareness among children. Two events targeted nearly 12,000 school students and received massive response.  

“We are encouraged with the overwhelming support from the community for our World No Tobacco Day event. This collaborative effort has been instrumental in raising awareness about the harmful effects of smoking. By providing free health check-ups and organizing the rally, we aimed to encourage individuals to pledge for a tobacco-free life. Together, we can make a significant impact on public health and promote a healthier, smoke-free society,” said Mr. Tapani Ghosh, FD Narayana Hospital, Howrah &Chunavati.

A No Tobacco Day Rally was also organized, starting from Samaritan Help Mission and passing through Howrah Maidan, forming a circular route through Panchanantala, and finally returning to Samaritan Help Mission. The rally witnessed the participation of 100 individuals dedicated to raising awareness about the detrimental effects of smoking. Participants encouraged the public to pledge to quit smoking, emphasizing the importance of a tobacco-free lifestyle.

Mr. Sourav Saktel, Rise Above India,Founder & Secretary – Shinning Earth Foundation said, “We are honored to have partnered with Narayana Hospital,Howrah. Our collective effort has not only raised crucial awareness about the dangers of smoking but also demonstrated the power of community in promoting healthy living. Through initiatives like the free health check-up camp and the awareness rally, we hope to inspire many to commit to a tobacco-free life. Together, we are making strides towards a healthier future for all.”

Studies indicate that the effect of tobacco is multifaceted and invasive on children in both direct and indirect ways. Nearly 2,500 children under 18 years of age try their first cigarette each day, and more than 400 of them become new, regular daily smokers highlighting the necessity of intervention at an early age.  The events primarily emphasized on the need to control tobacco and its products among children and Youth. It was widely admitted that awareness programs and community interventions to combat tobacco use would go a long way to control this menace.

“We are proud to join forces with Narayana Hospital, Howrah, Rise Above, Shinning Earth Foundation, and the International Association for Human Values to promote a tobacco-free community. This event underscored the importance of collective action in improving public health and encouraging healthier lifestyles,” said Mr. Mamoon Aktar Founder & Secretary, Samaritan Help Mission.

The event showcased the successful collaboration of various organizations in promoting public health and reinforcing the message of tobacco cessation. Through such initiatives and cohesive collaboration, these health and social organizations remain committed to fostering a healthier and tobacco-free society.

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Antara Tripathy M.Sc., B.Ed. by qualification and bring 15 years of media reporting experience.. Coverred many illustarted events like, G20, ICC,MCCI,British High Commission, Bangladesh etc. She took over from the founder Editor of IBG NEWS Suman Munshi (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018 and October 2020 to 13 June 2023).
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