Fortis Hospitals collaborated with students to create awareness on passive smoking

Bengaluru, June 1st 2017: Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore, on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day (May 31) collaborated with National School of Journalism (NSoJ) and other student community to create awareness regarding passive smoking. The initiative aimed at educating citizens on ill effects of Second Hand Smoking (SHS) where the students performed street plays to connect with audience and sharing the knowledge. As a part of the initiative, students also moved around the city and distributed car fresheners that reminded people not to smoke in their cars and asked them to pledge as well.

According to Indian Journal of Public Health, ‘Exposure to secondhandsmoke (SHS) causes an estimated 5% of the global disease burden, slightlyhigher than the burden from direct use of tobacco. There is the urgent need toaddress this ignored public health issue by educating audience on impact of SHSon those exposed. The burden of morbidity from SHS exposure is higher inlow-income countries in Southeast Asia region compared to the rest of theworld. SHS exposure affects those most vulnerable, especially women andchildren.

In line withthis Dr KS Satish, Pulmonologist, Fortis Hospitals, Cunningham Road said,“Globally, passive smoking, tobacco smoke present in environment, or secondhandsmoke (SHS) exposure cause nearly 603,000 early deaths of non-smokers. Theassociated ailments include heart disease, lung cancer, severe asthma attacks,sudden infant death syndrome and many others similar conditions. Adults andchildren particularly with pre-existing conditions such as asthma and otherchronic illness are more vulnerable to harmful effects of second and third handsmoking. By smoking, it’s not only the health of the smoker that is beingaffected, but the environment also is becoming unhealthy for other livingbeings. At Fortis Hospitals, we continuously try to provide health education topeople. This is yet another step where we believe we can reach out to publicand alert them on impact exposure to passive smoking.”

Speakingabout need to focus on #SmokeFreeCarDr Satish added,“When someone smokes in the small enclosed space of a car, people are exposedto toxic air that is many times higher than what the EPA (EnvironmentProtection Agency) considers hazardous air quality. Additionally, the gaseousand particulate components of tobacco smoke absorb into the upholstery andother surfaces inside a car, and then off-gas back into the air over the courseof many days, exposing passengers to toxins long after anyone actually smokedin the car.”

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