MLA leads the anti-tobacco mutiny at Siliguri
Dr Pankaj Chaudhary along with Sumita Cancer Relief Welfare & Educational Society led the Independence Day activity at North Bengal Oncology Center, Rangapani Siliguri. Shankar Malakar, local MLA hoisted the flag in the hospital in presence of cancer patients mainly related to tobacco. This was followed by visit to the cancer centre and meeting with the “Tobacco victims” in various wards. One of the victims suggested to declare one day of every week as tobacco free day similar to ‘dry day’ for alcohol. Mr. Malakar promised to discuss and bring this up in Vidhan Sabha.
A laryngectomy patient with his artificial voice asked why law banning smoking in place is not being followed in Siliguri? Mr. Malakar expressed his frustration with increasing used of gutka and pan masala amongst youngsters. He had already launched a campaign to control tobacco law violations in the city. He is very serious about violation of law by 400 odd singing bars in Siliguri. About 25 VIPs out of the 50 or so who had come for this program signed the “pledge” to fight actively against smokeless tobacco.