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Apollo Hospitals Chennai organizes activities to create awareness on Oral & Lung cancer on the occasion of "World No Tobacco" day on May 31st

Date: 31 May 2012

Apollo Cancer Institute, Chennai urges people to kick tobacco chewing and smoking habits and organizes activities in collaboration with Madras Road Transport Corporation to create awareness on Oral & Lung cancer on the occasion of ""World No Tobacco"" day on May 31st.

""World No Tobacco"" Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is meant to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe. The day is further intended to draw global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to 5.4 million deaths worldwide annually.

According to WHO tobacco is the second major cause of death worldwide. For creating the awareness for oral and lung cancer and also the harmful effects of tobacco usage, Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital arranged a series of activities, throughout the no tobacco campaign week.

With the mission of making Chennai a healthy city, Apollo Cancer Institute, Chennai have collaborated with Madras Road Transport Corporation (MTC) & organized series of activities on this occasion. An awareness talk and Pulmonary function tests were organized for the staff of Madras Transport Corporation. Usually the drivers from MTC are more prone to hazards of pollution & they are also in the forefront of active as well as passive smoking and chewing tobacco, in order to reduce the stress that they come across in their day today work. Keeping this in mind, Apollo Cancer Institute has taken the initiative to educate the staff of MTC against the harmful effects of tobacco & smoking. More than 500 employees from Madras Transport Corporation are expected to benefit from this test conducted.

Apart from this major campaign Apollo has also initiated various activities, focused on PSUs, Corporates to create awareness on the harmful effects of smoking & tobacco. Again, PFT test is being conducted and awareness talks are organised at these Corporates to highlight on the need for a Healthy Life style & importance of regular cancer screening. Around 10 Corporates have been screened throughout the week, which includes screening of more than 1000 people. The workforce which includes more than 5000 people, have been given awareness on the hazards of smoking and chewing tobacco through awareness talks by Cancer Specialists from Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital. The Corporates have also joined wholeheartedly in this noble initiative from Apollo Hospitals.

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