Dr. N C Prabhakar, Resource Person for the International Union against T.B. and Liaison Officer for Voluntary Health Association is collaborating the campaign in J&K.
Senior Superintendent of Police, J S Johar, Superintendent District Hospital, Dr. Niaz Chouhan, BMO Mandi, Dr. Shamim Bhatti, Advocate Sanjay Raina, K K Kapoor and Pardeep Khanna among several others participated.
Senior Superintendent of Police, while speaking, on the occasion highlighted the ill effects of tobacco consumption and stressed the need for implementation of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Act (COTPA) strictly. He commended the efforts of Dr. Prabhakar in anti tobacco campaign and asked the medical fraternity to proactively play their role in reducing tobacco consumption in the state. Referring to 12% cigarette use prevalence in J&K, which is more than double the nationwide average of 5.7%, Johar said the statistic calls for a sustained anti-tobacco campaign for which every section of society must contribute.
Earlier, Dr. Prabhakar revealed shocking statistics regarding tobacco consumption in the state. He informed the audience that Jammu and Kashmir has high incidence of smoking and is also becoming the lung cancer capital of India due to increased smoking prevalence across all the sections of society. He said 26.6% population in Jammu & Kashmir consumes tobacco products in one or the other form, while 3.8% smokes bidis and 8% use smokeless tobacco products. The highest proportion of adults (67.9%) exposed to tobacco smoke in offices is in J&K and the Lowest (15.4%) in Chandigarh, revealed Dr. Prabhakar during one-day workshop.