STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Elaborating this year’s theme of World No Tobacco Day, Dr Sushil Sharma and his team conducted a day long camp in premises of Bal Niketan, Ved Mandir, Ambphalla Jammu. Dr Sushil said that no doubt harmful and deadly effects of tobacco consumption operates equally among diverse sections of the society. “It is however important to highlight that some sections of the society are more vulnerable keeping in view their standing in particular gender, age or locality,” he said. Dr Sushil mentioned that in all the major vulnerable groups, children seems to be the worst sufferer of this problem. “Maternal smoking, maternal exposure to second hand smoke or children themselves consuming or exposed to second hand smoke fell easy prey to tobacco induced diseases, and to be specific primarily due to fault of others. Young children exposed to second hand smoke are at risk of the onset and exacerbation of asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis, and frequent lower respiratory infections,” he said. During his interaction, he highlighted that at an estimate, 60,000 children die before the age of five due to lower respiratory infections caused by second hand smoke. Dr Sushil further maintained the most effective measure to improve lung and heart health is to reduce tobacco use and second hand smoke exposure. Our team used to sensitise general populace, particularly smokers, on the implications of tobacco smoking on lungs and heart health, he said. Moreover, there is urgent need to intervene and protect this vulnerable group from becoming victim of any tobacco induced disease. Regular and systematic awareness programs catering to teachers, children and also their family members should be undertaken, he emphasized. Dr Sushil advised younger generation to stay away from both active and passive form of smoking and discourage use of tobacco in any form. Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your heart health, he said. Management Committee of Ved Mandir Ambphalla comprising Sudeshpal, President, K K Mengi Vice President, Pawan Baru, Amita Sharma, Alok Sharma and Corporator of Amphalla Sumeet Sharma appreciated the efforts of Dr Sushil and his team for extending quality healthcare services and expressed hope that such programme will be a regular feature in near future. Others who were part of this compassionate move included Dr Nasir Ali Choudhary, Cardiologist. Paramedics and volunteers who were part of the team included Rohit Chalotra, Raghav Rajput, Kamal Sharma, Gourav Heera, Nitin Verma, Maninder Singh, Gourav Sharma, Kirtibhat, Manav Khurana, Vikas Gupta, Akhilesh Kumar, Sandeep Kohli, Aman Sharma, Rohit Chalotra, Akshay Kumar, Vikas Kumar and Rajkumar.
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