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Experts dwell on importance of Quitting Tobacco, Nicotine to save youngsters

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Jalandhar, July 25, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
Experts dwelt on the importance of QUITTING TOBACCO / NICOTINE (Smoking-Chewable Tobacco-Vaping) to save youngsters from addiction, diseases, and even death In an awareness workshop. It was organized by the Strategic Institute of Public Health Education and Research (SIPHER), E-Resource Centre for Tobacco Control (E-RCTC) under Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health, PGIMER Chandigarh and Chitkara Global Health Institute (CGHI), Chitkara University, Punjab.

Dr Preethi John the Director of CGHI, Chitkara University highlighted that they stand by the youth and seek their problems so that they can live their life to the fullest and to motivate the youth to quit tobacco. She reflected how quitters are the winners in the context of tobacco and nicotine.

Mr. Cyril Alexander ED, Mary Annes Charitable Trust, well known as a Tobacco Control Activist talked about CAT [Children/Youth Against Tobacco], a student movement towards a tobacco-free environment in educational institutes and preparing student ambassadors to make Tobacco Control a mass movement.

Dr. Rana JS, Deputy Regional Director at International union against tuberculosis and lung disease, New Delhi gave the statistics of the usage of tobacco and how 50% of the users are killed by the tobacco usage and that 13.5 lakh Indians are killed per year because of tobacco-related diseases.

Dr Rakesh Gupta, President SIPHER and Former Director – Health Services as the Moderator of the session introduced the speakers of the session. He also presented an Anti-Tobacco pledge to the participants. He also emphasized the continuation of collaborative efforts with Chitkara University to promote Public Health.

Dr Sonu Goel, Director RCTC Chandigarh, and Professor, DCM-SPH, PGIMER Chandigarh spoke about the upcoming National Conference on Tobacco or Health as well as the resource material available on the website of the E-RCTC. He talked about the 6 Ds (Discuss, Delay, Distract, Deep Breathing, Drink plenty of water and Drugs if required) by which one can try to quit tobacco.

Dr Rakesh Gupta, President of Rajasthan Cancer Foundation Jaipur very innovatively presented the basics of Tabacco cessation. He further talked about quitting tobacco a challenging task, but can be easy with pharmacotherapy, counselling, and regular follow-ups.

Dr Vikrant Mohanty HOD Community Dentistry in MAIDS-Delhi talked about the importance of pharmacotherapy in tobacco /nicotine cessation and the protocol followed in Tobacco Cessation Centre in MAIDS-Delhi.

Dr Monika VD Singh, an eminent Psychiatric the practical tips regarding counselling and how counselling along with pharmacotherapy can double the quit rates. She told me about how not to succumb to peer pressure and find effective solutions to the problem.

Mr Arun Verma, Director Finance and Operations SIPHER presented a vote of thanks and summarized the session and how keen interest was shown by about 200 participants through zoom and YouTube live.He also lauded the efforts of Dr Preethi John, Dr Sahana, Ms Riya and their team from CGHI.

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