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An anti to­bacco cam­paign was held in the city, re­cently. Thanks to the aware­ness cre­ated by can­cer spe­cial­ist prof RA Badwe about the ill ef­fects of to­bacco and its neg­a­tive so­cial im­pact. Di­rec­tor at the Tata Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal, Dr Badwe has been spear­head­ing a war against to­bacco. A team of doc­tors from the­hos­pi­tal in­clud­ing head and neck sur­geon Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi and Dr Kailash Sharma, di­rec­tor aca­demics were at the SSCI to eval­u­ate the progress and pro­vide guide­lines for the re­de­vel­op­ment of the In­sti­tute. The fire­brand Chief Min­is­ter and his col­league took this pledge on World Can­cer Day in the pres­ence of the TMH team along with the Hon­ourable Vice Chan­cel­lor of KGMU, Prof MLB Bhatt who is also the di­rec­tor of SSCI, CG City. The stark reality of to­bacco and to­bacco prod­ucts be­ing the cause of more than 50% of can­cers in the state of Ut­tar Pradesh is what prob­a­bly prompted the to carry out this pledge. Con­sid­er­ing that close to 100 mil­lion peo­ple have died be­cause of to­bacco con­sump­tion in the 20th Century and nearly a bil­lion more likely to die in the 21st Century, the need to con­trol and even­tu­ally ban the use of the killer prod­uct has been a big chal­lenge for so­ci­ety. A top down ap­proach is to­day nec­es­sary to curb the use of to­bacco in so­ci­ety. CM’s ac­tion is prob­a­bly the be­gin­ning in that di­rec­tion. There is not a sin­gle rea­son listed in hu­man his­tory which talks about to­bacco be­ing safe and use­ful for hu­mans.

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