VoTV sensitized gatherings on World No Tobacco Day in Kerala

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VoTV was conducted on occasion of World No Tobacco Day. Tobacco-induced oral cancer victim Shri Balan made an emotional appeal to all users to completely stop tobacco use on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day (WNTD).

Sharing experience he said he lost his own house set in 10-cent property for mobilizing funds for cancer treatment. Shri Balan’s wife Smt Ammini said she had to run from pillar to post in order to meet their basic needs and her 85-year-old mother. Describing the financial implications of smoking on her family, Smt Ammini said, “My husband would give me Rs 50 only from his daily earning of Rs 100, keeping the rest for buying beedis and other tobacco products. This left me with little money to provide for our children’s education.” She had wished for higher prices of tobacco products in the hope that it would have deterred her husband from its use.

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Dr. Jaganmohan A Tharakan, Director, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Dr KR Thankappan, Prof and Head, Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Dr AS Pradeep Kumar, Addl Director of Health Services (Public Health) and Nodal Officer, Tobacco Control in Kerala, Dr Babu Mathew, Hon. Secretary, Regional Cancer Association, Shri Saju Itty, Executive Director, Kerala Voluntary Health Services (KVHS); Shri Johnson J Edayaranmula, Director, ADIC-India and Shri S Jayaraj, State Coordinator, Tobacco Free Kerala, Dr Yamini Thankachy, Senior Research Fellow, AMCHSS were present in the occasion.

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The story filed from Trivandrum reported an emotional and fervent appeal by a man, Balan, to all users to completely stop tobacco use on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) observance. Narrating the hardships, his wife Ammini who accompanied him, said they were forced to sell of their house set in 10 cents of land to meet costs of cancer treatment. Their daughters were married off with very difficulty and she had to run from pillar to post to meet basic needs of their family also comprising their 85-year-old mother.

 

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