It seems that the anti smoking campaigns are creating a positive impact upon the masses as on Tuesday people spectacled as the number of non smokers surpassed the smokers at an event held in Freedom Park to help people quit smoking.
The initiative was taken by Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike calling it Freedom from Tobacco. The programme was organized on the World No Tobacco Day in association with the Indian Dental Association, Indian Medical Association, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in addition to Rajarajeswari Medical College.
The majority of the attendees were women, who were mainly concerned about their sons and husbands addicted by smoking. Even many teenagers also participated in the event.
The event ran a counseling program where MBBS students of Rajarajeswari Medical College guided smokers on how to get rid of this fatal addiction. “I am disappointed with the smokers as I hardly found any smoker coming in and speaking to us about the ways in which they could give up smoking.
Shanmugha Priya, a second year MBBS student of Rajarajeswari Medical College said, science has invented a special chewable toffee purely made of plants to help tobacco addicts get rid of the smoking habits.
Apart from the medical institutes many other business institutes in the city also participated in celebrating the World No Tobacco Day. The District Anti Tobacco Cell, Bangalore, commemorated the event at the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute with a program intended for educating nursing students on their roles in tobacco control.