GUWAHATI, May 24 - A tobacco and cancer awareness programme was held at the Royal Global School here on Thursday. The programme was conducted by a team of doctors from the Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), Guwahati, according to a press release.
This was one of the multiple awareness programmes conducted by the BBCI in the run-up to the World No Tobacco Day on May 31. The institute is actively supporting �Voice of Tobacco Victim�, a national campaign by cancer patients who are victims of tobacco consumption.
Furthermore, the Cancer Institute, in association with the State Tobacco Control Cell, Voluntary Health Association and other NGOs, has been in the forefront of tobacco control in the State.
Dr Tashnin Rahman, Dr Srabana Misra Bhagabaty, Dr Debanjana Barman and Dr Nizara Baishya conducted the programme.
They spoke on various aspects of tobacco-related cancers and prevention of tobacco-related diseases. The programme concluded with a pledge against tobacco by the students of Royal Global School.
According to Dr Rahman, most tobacco users start the addiction in their school days, and therefore, intervention by creating necessary awareness at an early age is a must for preventing children from the menace of tobacco.
Nowadays, many patients in their mid-20s are afflicted with oral cancer, which is mostly due to consumption of gutkha, zarda, khaini, etc, said Dr Rahman, the release added.