HCG EKO Cancer Centre Kolkata organizes ‘Cross Out Tobacco’ Walkathon to promote Tobacco-Free Living

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Kolkata: On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, HCG EKO Cancer Centre Kolkata, in association with Dr. R Ahmed Dental College & Hospital and Progressive Doctor Association, organized a vibrant ‘Cross Out Tobacco’ walkathon. The event witnessed an overwhelming response, with approximately 300 participants, including students, doctors, hospital visitors and more, joining the noble cause.

The ‘Cross Out Tobacco’ walkathon commenced at Dr. R Ahmed Dental College, spanning a distance of 5 km and aimed to raise awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco consumption and promote a tobacco-free lifestyle among individuals of all age groups. To further enhance awareness, a special talk by Dr. Rajeev Sharan, H.O.D & Sr. Consultant – Head & Neck Cancer and Thyroid Surgery at HCG EKO Cancer Centre was delivered.

While talking about the event, Dr. Rajeev Sharan said, “At HCG EKO Cancer Centre Kolkata, we aim to raise awareness about tobacco’s harmful effects and advocate healthier lifestyles for a significant public health impact. We sincerely thank everyone for their unwavering support, which contributed to the resounding success of this event. With activities like the walkathon, we strive to sustain cancer awareness, prevention, encourage early detection, and offer comprehensive cancer care to people throughout the region.”

“‘Cross Out Tobacco’ walkathon is just one step towards our larger mission of combating tobacco-related diseases. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the government of West Bengal and Dr. R Ahmed Dental College & Hospital for associating with us on this initiative around the harmful effects of tobacco usage. Through such educational initiatives, we strive to empower individuals with knowledge and promote early detection, comprehensive cancer care, and a tobacco-free lifestyle.” said Dr. Amarjeet Singh, Chief Operating Officer, HCG EKO Cancer Centre.

The ‘Cross Out Tobacco’ walkathon served as a platform to educate and empower the community and aimed to instigate positive behavioural changes regarding tobacco consumption. By bringing together healthcare professionals, students, and members of the public, the event successfully fostered a collaborative environment in the fight against tobacco-related health hazards.

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