Bengaluru CM Pledges Freedom from Tobacco
As part of the Global Awareness Campaign, on World No Tobacco Day a unique initiative was been launched by Medical Doctors for the citizens of Bangalore. With the primary intention of creating anti-tobacco awareness, this cultural and educational event was held at the Freedom Park on May 31st 2011. The program was attended by around 5000 people and various organisations participated in the event including the BBMP which took a lead role, the Rajiv Gandhi University, Indian Medical Association, Indian Dental Association.
Among the dignitaries were Mr Yeddyurappa – CM, Mr. R.Ashok – Transport & Home Minister, Mr Basavraj Bommai – Minister for Irrigation, Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Commissioner and other cabinet ministers. The event commenced with inauguration by Chief Minister and signing the “Voice of Victims” pledge asking the government to take serious steps towards tobacco control. The pledge was presented to him by Mr Mohan Raj, an ex army officer who lost his voice box to throat cancer from tobacco use. This pledge was also signed by several other dignitaries and cabinet ministers promising to promote tobacco control and help the society get rid of this evil.
Poster sessions were organised by the colleges from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences on creating awareness among the general public on tobacco consumption hazards. Counselling sessions for tobacco addicts and families of addicts went on through the day with BBMP setting up 10 booths with young doctors participating in the sessions. Free distribution of habit modifying mints was also done to all tobacco consumers to help in the de addiction process.
The links of some videos of the event:
- Inaugural: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SYR_KjYEOs
- CM signing the pledge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KatSpLYEqw