Kolkata: Kolkata-based Cancer specialists conducted an awareness camp on the gravity of tobacco abuse at Rangaroon tea estate in North Bengal.
Dr Ruma Sen Gupta, founder, Chetna Foundation and Dr Priyadarshan Kumar, Oral Cancer surgeon discussed in detail the dangerous effects of tobacco like stroke, Cardiovascular diseases, lung diseases and cancers. The Kolkata-based NGO comprising doctors adopted Rangaroon village to make it tobacco free.
The team of doctors under the leadership of Dr. Priyadarshan organised the camp at the local community Hall in which large number villagers took part.
Dr Priyadarshan, who specializes in Oral Cancer Surgery at Chitranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI), said tobacco consumption is one of the most important reasons for head and neck cancers including oral cancer. He demonstrated the role of tobacco in causing cancer through verbal and visual presentation.
Villagers were interested in the camp and clarified their questions and various myths related to tobacco uses.
The Mukhiya of the village Buddha Rai, Nrimal Khaturi, Dugrabhadur Shaw said the use of tobacco has affected the women of the villages and the younger generation also. Nrimal Khaturi, a state government official said tobacco has affected the residents of the village badly and time has come to take stringent steps to bring down the malice.
Smoking and tobacco chewing have gone up alarmingly among the tea garden workers.
This is affecting their health. The villagers agreed to give up the habit and follow the guidance laid down by the doctors.