One million signature campaign launched to protect kids from tobacco ill-effects

Bengaluru: The Consortium for Tobacco Free Karnataka(CFTFK) on Tuesday launched the 'One million signature campaign' for submitting a memorandum to the government to take appropriate measure to protect children from easy access to tobacco products and exposure to tobacco advertisement and to protect the health of non-smokers.

The campaignlaunched by Consortium on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), aims tocollect 10 lakh signatures from public demanding strict regulation policy onthe sale of tobacco products and demanding for the removal of ‘Smoking Zones’in restaurants and bars across the state to safeguard non-smoker's health.

Thememorandum with 1 million signatures will be submitted to Chief Minister ofKarnataka for necessary action.

To spreadmore awareness about the risks associated with tobacco use Consortium alsolaunched information kiosks at public places which are crowded and has highfootfall. These kiosks set up in 6 major cities Bengaluru, Mysuru, Ballari, Davanagere,Tumkur and Mangaluru, will be there for three days to educate public onill-effects of Tobacco.

InBengaluru, Consortium in collaboration with BCRI-PMSSY-Super SpecialtyHospital, the mobile information kiosk got inaugurated at Victoria Hospital campusat KR Market.

Theinformation kiosk will be managed by volunteers as it moves to various campusesand public palaces in each of the 6 cities where it islaunched.  Volunteers who manage kiosk will create awareness on theharms of tobacco and appeal signature in support to the cause mentioned above.They will also register the names of people who want to support the tobaccofree campaign and peoples who want to quit tobacco will be guided to thetobacco cessation centres. 

InternationalAthlete and Arjun Awardee Mr. Arjun Devaiah launched One million campaign.  Thekiosk was launched by Dr. M N Lokesh, Chief Health Officer of BBMP. Otherdignitaries who participated in the event were Dr. I B Vijayalakshmi, Pediatriccardiologist, Dr. Ranganath, Head of Department, Department of CommunityMedicine, BMCRI-PMSSY- Super Specialty Hospital, Dr. Rajani, Deputy DirectorMental Health, Mr. S J Chander convener of the Consortium For Tobacco FreeKarnataka and Thirumala Rao, former Joint Director, Education department.

It is hopedto sustain the campaign for the next 8 months to reach the target of 1 millionsignatures.  

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