VoTV was able to sensitize the Honorable legislative assembly speaker of Kerala

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Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) was conducted to sensitize the Hon’able speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly, Mr. G Karthikeyan. The Hon’ble Speaker interacted with tobacco-induced cancer patients Shri Balan; Shri Rabi J; Shri Sukumaran and gave a patient listening to their narratives.

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The Director of the Regional Cancer Centre and Chairman – VoTV Kerala Dr. Paul Sebastian, briefed about the negative public health impact in the State from tobacco use. Dr Sebastian said that this public health malady affecting Kerala can be averted by raising tobacco taxes t0 65% similar to Rajasthan, which can reduce tobacco consumption thereby reducing the death rates.

Shri PC Vishnudhas MLA, who was present on the occasion, promised all support in sensitizing the legislature on the enormity of the health issues caused by tobacco use in Kerala.

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The story filed from Trivandrum reports the Hon’ble Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly Shri G. Karthikeyan as saying that more proactive interventions are called for to bring down tobacco use in Kerala. In a meeting today with tobacco use victims brought together by the Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) campaign, the Hon’ble Speaker has assured all support in bringing down the disease burden due to tobacco use in Kerala. The Director of the Regional Cancer Centre and Chairman – VoTV Kerala Dr. Paul Sebastian briefed about the negative public health impact in the State from tobacco use. Quoting Dr Sebastian, the story reads that over 40% of the 1.5 lakh patients coming to the RCC every year suffer from cancers due to the use of tobacco products. The victims gave individual representations calling for tobacco tax raise in Kerala to the Speaker and MLA Shri PC Vishnunadh. The MLA agreed to bring the matter to the attention of the Assembly. RCC Assistant Professor Dr R Jayakrishnan was also present, the story adds.

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The story filed from Trivandrum reports the Hon’ble Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly Shri G. Karthikeyan as saying that more proactive interventions are called for to bring down tobacco use in Kerala. In a meeting today with tobacco use victims brought together by the Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) campaign, the Hon’ble Speaker has assured all support in bringing down the disease burden due to tobacco use in Kerala. The Director of the Regional Cancer Centre and Chairman – VoTV Kerala Dr. Paul Sebastian briefed about the negative public health impact in the State from tobacco use. Quoting Dr Sebastian, the story reads that over 40% of the 1.5 lakh patients coming to the RCC every year suffer from cancers due to the use of tobacco products. Painfully, the incidence of tobacco related disease has gone up among youngsters as well. Raising tobacco taxes can help in reducing tobacco consumption. Tobacco use victim Shri Balan talked about how tobacco use and cancer it caused changed his life for the worse. The victims gave individual representations calling for tobacco tax raise in Kerala to the Speaker and MLA Shri PC Vishnunadh. The MLA agreed to bring the matter to the attention of the Assembly. Dr KR Thankappan, Prof and Head of Achutha Menon Centre of Sree Chitra Institute spoke about heart diseases and tobacco use

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The story filed from Trivandrum reports the Hon’ble Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly Shri G. Karthikeyan as saying that more proactive interventions are called for to bring down tobacco use in Kerala. In a meeting today with tobacco use victims brought together by the Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) campaign, the Hon’ble Speaker has assured all support in bringing down the disease burden due to tobacco use in Kerala. The Director of the Regional Cancer Centre and Chairman – VoTV Kerala Dr. Paul Sebastian briefed about the negative public health impact in the State from tobacco use. Quoting Dr Sebastian, the story reads that over 40% of the 1.5 lakh patients coming to the RCC every year suffer from cancers due to the use of tobacco products. Painfully, the incidence of tobacco related disease has gone up among youngsters as well. RCC Assistant Professor Dr R Jayakrishnan was also present, the story adds

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The story filed from Trivandrum reports the Hon’ble Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly Shri G. Karthikeyan as saying that more proactive interventions are called for to bring down tobacco use in Kerala. In a meeting today with tobacco use victims brought together by the Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) campaign, the Hon’ble Speaker has assured all support in bringing down the disease burden due to tobacco use in Kerala. The Director of the Regional Cancer Centre and Chairman – VoTV Kerala Dr. Paul Sebastian briefed about the negative public health impact in the State from tobacco use. Quoting Dr Sebastian, the story reads that over 40% of the 1.5 lakh patients coming to the RCC every year suffer from cancers due to the use of tobacco products. Painfully, the incidence of tobacco related disease has gone up among youngsters as well. Tobacco use victims Shri Balan, Shri Rabi J and Shri Sukumaran recounted their experiences. Shri Balan talked about how tobacco use and cancer it caused changed his life for the worse. The victims gave individual representations calling for tobacco tax raise in Kerala to the Speaker and MLA Shri PC Vishnunadh. RCC Assistant Professor Dr R Jayakrishnan was also present, the story adds

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The story filed from Trivandrum reports the Hon’ble Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly Shri G. Karthikeyan as saying that more proactive interventions are called for to bring down tobacco use in Kerala. In a meeting today with tobacco use victims brought together by the Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) campaign, the Hon’ble Speaker has assured all support in bringing down the disease burden due to tobacco use in Kerala. The Director of the Regional Cancer Centre and Chairman – VoTV Kerala Dr. Paul Sebastian briefed about the negative public health impact in the State from tobacco use. Tobacco use victims Shri Balan, Shri Rabi J and Shri Sukumaran recounted their experiences. Shri Balan talked about how tobacco use and cancer it caused changed his life for the worse. The victims gave individual representations calling for tobacco tax raise in Kerala to the Speaker and MLA Shri PC Vishnunadh. The MLA agreed to bring the matter to the attention of the Assembly. Dr KR Thankappan, Prof and Head of Achutha Menon Centre of Sree Chitra Institute spoke about heart diseases and tobacco use. RCC Assistant Professor Dr R Jayakrishnan was also present, the story adds.

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The story filed from Trivandrum reports the Hon’ble Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly Shri G. Karthikeyan as saying that more proactive interventions are called for to bring down tobacco use in Kerala. In a meeting today with tobacco use victims brought together by the Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) campaign, the Hon’ble Speaker has assured all support in bringing down the disease burden due to tobacco use in Kerala. The Director of the Regional Cancer Centre and Chairman – VoTV Kerala Dr. Paul Sebastian briefed about the negative public health impact in the State from tobacco use. Quoting Dr Sebastian, the story reads that over 40% of the 1.5 lakh patients coming to the RCC every year suffer from cancers due to the use of tobacco products. Raising tobacco taxes can help reduce consumption, Dr Sebastian said. Dr KR Thankappan, Prof and Head of Achutha Menon Centre of Sree Chitra Institute spoke about heart diseases and tobacco use. MLA Shri PC Vishnunadh and RCC Assistant Professor Dr R Jayakrishnan were also present, the story adds.

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The story filed from Trivandrum reports the Hon’ble Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly Shri G. Karthikeyan as saying that more proactive interventions are called for to bring down tobacco use in Kerala. In a meeting today with tobacco use victims brought together by the Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) campaign, the Hon’ble Speaker has assured all support in bringing down the disease burden due to tobacco use in Kerala. The Director of the Regional Cancer Centre and Chairman – VoTV Kerala Dr. Paul Sebastian briefed about the negative public health impact in the State from tobacco use. Quoting Dr Sebastian, the story reads that over 40% of the 1.5 lakh patients coming to the RCC every year suffer from cancers due to the use of tobacco products. Painfully, the incidence of tobacco related disease has gone up among youngsters as well. Raising tobacco taxes can help in reducing tobacco consumption. A mere 2.5 increase in cigarettes taxes in Kerala has netted nearly Rs 100 crore to the Government. Tobacco use victims Shri Balan, Shri Rabi J and Shri Sukumaran recounted their experiences. Shri Balan talked about how tobacco use and cancer it caused changed his life for the worse. The victims gave individual representations calling for tobacco tax raise in Kerala to the Speaker and MLA Shri PC Vishnunadh. The MLA agreed to bring the matter to the attention of the Assembly. Dr KR Thankappan, Prof and Head of Achutha Menon Centre of Sree Chitra Institute spoke about heart diseases and tobacco use. RCC Assistant Professor Dr R Jayakrishnan was also present, the story adds.

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The story filed from Trivandrum reports the Hon’ble Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly Shri G. Karthikeyan as saying that more proactive interventions are called for to bring down tobacco use in Kerala. In a meeting today with tobacco use victims brought together by the Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) campaign, the Hon’ble Speaker has assured all support in bringing down the disease burden due to tobacco use in Kerala. The Director of the Regional Cancer Centre and Chairman – VoTV Kerala Dr. Paul Sebastian briefed about the negative public health impact in the State from tobacco use. Quoting Dr Sebastian, the story reads that over 40% of the 1.5 lakh patients coming to the RCC every year suffer from cancers due to the use of tobacco products. Painfully, the incidence of tobacco related disease has gone up among youngsters as well. Dr KR Thankappan, Prof and Head of Achutha Menon Centre of Sree Chitra Institute spoke about heart diseases and tobacco use. Shri PC Vishnunadh MLA agreed to bring the matter to the attention of the Assembly. RCC Assistant Professor Dr R Jayakrishnan was also present, the story adds.

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The story filed from Trivandrum reports the Hon’ble Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly Shri G. Karthikeyan as saying that more proactive interventions are called for to bring down tobacco use in Kerala. In a meeting today with tobacco use victims brought together by the Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) campaign, the Hon’ble Speaker has assured all support in bringing down the disease burden due to tobacco use in Kerala. RCC Assistant Professor Dr R Jayakrishnan was also present, the story adds.

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The victims gave individual representations to the Hon’ble Speaker and the MLA for raising tobacco taxes in Kerala. The Hon’ble Speaker has assured all support in bringing down the disease burden due to tobacco use in Kerala.

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