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No tobacco programme by Apollo Hospitals

No tobacco programme by Apollo Hospitals
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To commemorate the World Health Organisation-designated ‘World No Tobacco Day’, on May 31, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, hosted a No Tobacco usage awareness event at KBR Park.

Hyderabad: To commemorate the World Health Organisation-designated ‘World No Tobacco Day’, on May 31, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, hosted a No Tobacco usage awareness event at KBR Park.

Chief Guest B Lakshmi Narayana Reddy, Banjara Hills Traffic CI, Hyderabad, burnt a giant cigarette, to symbolically burn tobacco before it burns us and create a smoke-free world for all and the future generations.

The No Tobacco Usage Programme was organised to raise awareness amongst the public about the dangerous health effects and fatal impact of tobacco on human beings. It is estimated that there are over 20 million adolescents in the age group of 15–20 years who are addicted to some form of tobacco or pan masala in India. Tobacco, besides impacting breathing, can worsen asthma, lead to COPD and is also the cause for over a third of all cancers.

The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is "Tobacco and heart disease", as heart and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including stroke, are the world’s leading causes of death. Cardiovascular diseases kill more people than any other cause of death worldwide, and tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure contribute to approximately 12 per cent of all heart disease deaths. Tobacco use is the second leading cause of CVD, after high blood pressure.

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