dharwad: Awareness of the harmful effects of tobacco has not yet reached all sections of society in Dharwad | Hubballi News

Hubballi: Awareness of the harmful effects of excessive use of tobacco products, including the increased risk of cancer of the oral cavity, does not seem to have reached all sections of society, as indicated by the growing number of patients with the disease at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) and other hospitals. Despite the awareness programs undertaken by government and private agencies to mark World Tobacco Day, which is celebrated on May 31, it seems that the message has not percolated through the whole of society.
Nearly 30 oral cancer patients are being treated at KIMS, Hubballi. Sources said the disease is rampant in North Karnataka where a large number of people are addicted to chewing gutkha and other tobacco products.
Although the government banned the manufacture of tobacco products in 2008, more than 2,200 people die daily due to addiction to tobacco products such as gutkha and cigarettes. Addiction to tobacco products leads to many chronic diseases such as cancer, in addition to various cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.
According to India Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2016-17, India ranks second in terms of tobacco consumption and production. According to the report, approximately 26.7 million people aged 15 and over use tobacco.
Dr MR Giriyappagoudar, head of radiation oncology at KIMS Cancer Hospital, said that in addition to smokers, those around them bear the brunt of the harmful effects of the product. “This takes a heavy socio-economic toll on society. In our hospital, we organize various awareness activities and help patients to quit smoking and smoking,” he said.
Head of the cancer department at KIMS, Dr Shashidhar told TOI: “Smoking and chewing tobacco is very harmful to our health. Gutkha, betel quid with tobacco and zarda are among the most commonly used tobacco products in India, while beedi, cigarettes and hookah are equally harmful. Many patients coming to KIMS for oral cavity cancer treatment are unaware of the adverse health effects. At KIMS, we provide quality treatment to cancer patients. Dr. Shashidhar called on young people to stay away from tobacco products for a healthy life.

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