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.

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

The campaign launched by Consortium on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), aims to collect 10 lakh signatures from public demanding strict regulation policy on the 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.

The memorandum with 1 million signatures will be submitted to Chief Minister of Karnataka for necessary action.

To spread more awareness about the risks associated with tobacco use Consortium also launched information kiosks at public places which are crowded and has high footfall. These kiosks set up in 6 major cities Bengaluru, Mysuru, Ballari, Davanagere, Tumkur and Mangaluru, will be there for three days to educate public on ill-effects of Tobacco.

In Bengaluru, Consortium in collaboration with BCRI-PMSSY-Super Specialty Hospital, the mobile information kiosk got inaugurated at Victoria Hospital campus at KR Market.

The information kiosk will be managed by volunteers as it moves to various campuses and public palaces in each of the 6 cities where it is launched.   Volunteers who manage kiosk will create awareness on the harms 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 tobacco free campaign and peoples who want to quit tobacco will be guided to the tobacco cessation centres.

International Athlete and Arjun Awardee Mr. Arjun Devaiah launched One million campaign.  The kiosk was launched by Dr. M N Lokesh, Chief Health Officer of BBMP. Other dignitaries who participated in the event were Dr. I B Vijayalakshmi, Pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Ranganath, Head of Department, Department of Community Medicine, BMCRI-PMSSY- Super Specialty Hospital, Dr. Rajani, Deputy Director Mental Health, Mr. S J Chander convener of the Consortium For Tobacco Free Karnataka and Thirumala Rao, former Joint Director, Education department.

It is hoped to sustain the campaign for the next 8 months to reach the target of 1 million signatures.