Gurgaon May 27 2011: On eve of “World No Tobacco Day” children from various schools in NCR region gathered in front of ITC Green Centre to urge Indian Tobacco Company (better known as ITC India largest manufacturer of cigarette and also consumer brands
like Ashirwad Sunfeast Minto Bingo Chips) to stop making cigarettes which result in more than 700000(7 lacs deaths every year). The children carried Gandhigiri by showing the gathering ills of smoking through a 10 feet high cigarette memento (Largest
ever to be made in Asia) giving a 8 feet long signed graffiti for Yogi Deveshwar Chairman of ITC by observing silence for 2 minutes in memory of those who have died due to smoking and putting black ribbon on their lips as a token of protest. Commenting on the silent protest Pankaj Sharma Chief Trustee Centre for Transforming India stated that due to smoking and other forms of tobacco consumption more than 10 lac people die every year. For every rupee earned by the industry the government has to spent at least five as additional healthcare burden besides a massive loss of life . This silent protest of children to save their future from this demon called smoking is indeed a commendable effort to shake the soul of organizations for whom profit motive matters more than even human life. The event witnessed a huge turnaround of people from all sections of society and was supported by Dharamshila Hospital and Research Centre which is India’s leading Cancer Research Institute. About Dharamshila Hospital And Research Centre Dharamshila Hospital And Research Centre a leading Cancer Hospital of India for advanced cancer treatment. It is the largest cancer hospital in Delhi with bed strength of 300. Dharamshila Hospital And Research Centre (DHRC) is Indias First and only NABH accredited Cancer hospital with NABL Accredited labs which is the testimony to the aforesaid fact. Keeping afoot with its tradition of “patient first” policies the hospital is successfully treating patients from across the globe not only for cancer but also for other specialities / superspecialities such as General Medicine General and laparoscopic surgery Pulmonology Gastroenterology G. I. Surgeries Nephrology Urology Neurology Neurosurgery Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Otorihnolaryngology Dental and Facio-maxillary Surgery Dermatology Paediatrics Paediatric Surgery Plastic Surgery Orthopaedic Surgery etc. to name a few. Backed By State-of-the-art medical equipments and latest technology – DHRC helps detect cancer at an early stage thus saving time money and most importantly life of a patient which has attracted patients from USA Australia Netherlands Yaman Sudan Nepal Bangladesh Iraq Afghanistan Nigeria and Iran. DHRC has been successfully living up to the expectations of these patients. Dharamshila Hospital has the first hand experience of seeing the damage caused by the use of tobacco (Active smoking Passive Smoking Chewing Tobacco). Sixty percent of the patients reporting at Dharamshila Hospital are suffering from Cancers of the lungs mouth (gum tongue cheek nasopharynx) and larynx (voice box) esophagus. Eighty percent of the Cancer patients reporting to Dharamshila Hospital are inoperable. However patients reporting at early stages are being operated and have a very high probability of disease free survival. Dharamshila’s proactive initiatives on Cancer awareness early cancer detection and tobacco cessation clinics have helped them to downstage the Cancer as well as help people to quit tobacco.