Dr Reddy organized “Say No to Tobacco Campaign” on 27th May 2012 at Apollo Cancer Hospital, Hyderabad. Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma and actor Bharat Reddy graced the occasion. Several college students, young executives, patients, cancer survivors and oncologists from various hospitals participated in the event. An 8-year-old-boy who was a cancer survivor broke and crushed a big dummy cigarette on stage, and a small girl wore a dress that said “Papa Please don’t Smoke – your Smoking puts mom, you and me at risk”.
Dr Vijay Anand Reddy, Director, Apollo Cancer Hospital said, “Thirty years ago, WHO declared that tobacco was lethal. It is sad that we are still allowing this lethal product to be used freely! We should all join hands to put a stop to tobacco, so that the next generation will not see tobacco in any form in the market!”
Police Commissioner Aunrag Sharma said that despite having been a smoker for 15 years, he had quit completely. He urged all smokers to immediately quit at one go, instead of trying to do it slowly.
Dr Vijay Anand Reddy and other oncologists urged the Police Commissioner –
- To include tobacco control violations as part of the monthly crime report
- To designate one senior officer as Nodal Officer for tobacco control in the State
- To ensure that there was no sale of tobacco within 100 yards of educational institutes
- To ensure that there was no sale of tobacco to minors
- To strictly implement no-smoking-policy in public places, especially cafes
The Police Commissioner promised to implement these.
At the end, actor Bharat Reddy made everyone take a pledge –
- I will quit smoking and chewing tobacco!
- I will never ever smoke or chew tobacco!
- I will never allow anyone around me to smoke or chew tobacco!
- I will be a brand ambassador for anti tobacco campaign and strive to make my nation tobacco free!