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'Tobacco is the no: 1 villain destroying the youth'.

Summary: Mwa , gutka, cigars, beedi , cigarettes , the avatars of tobacco are varied, and with its potent tentacles it has gripped a vast majority of the population.

Mwa , gutka, cigars, beedi , cigarettes , the avatars of tobacco are varied, and with its potent tentacles it has gripped a vast majority of the population.

Association of Kerala Medical Graduates (AKMG) Emirates , Dubai Chapter, in its relentless pursuit against the vice of tobacco usage, has been conducting "Anti-Tobacco Campaign- Catch them young" at various schools across Dubai. As a part of the activity, AKMG Emirates, Dubai Chapter in association with "Friends of India", a non-profitable organization, celebrated the "world no tobacco day", through a public awareness program , on 31st of May at 'The Gulf Model School', Muhaisinah. The evening started with a prayer by Master Sushant Satish, followed by the welcome address by Dr Arif Kandoth, Secretary, AKMG Dubai Chapter. In his Presidential Address Dr T.C Satish, President of AKMG, Dubai Chapter highlighted the uniqueness of this campaign, where not just one but a panel of doctors spread awareness through presentations and authentic case studies about the various side effects on the different parts of the body. The awareness campaign initiated by the association is an ongoing process which has evoked tremendous response from several schools in Dubai. He also threw light on the other social activities of the association .He reiterated the willingness of the association to join hands with other social organizations for nurturing social commitments.

Sri Mohanan , President of FOI, highlighted the activities of FOI which includes monthly blood donation camps , medical camps, supporting the mentally challenged children through the STHI programme etc. He said he was happy to be associated with AKMG in its charitable activities.

Both the Presidents profusely thanked the Indian Consulate for their untiring support for their charitable ventures.

Keynote address was delivered by Sri Ashok Babu, Deputy Consul General, CGI Dubai.He said that tobacco is the no: 1 villain destroying the youth today. He advised the children to choose the right company ,follow a healthy life style with fitness as the first priority. He requested the children to take the lead in preventing others around them from smoking.He applauded AKMG and FOI for their activities and promised continuous support.

Felicitations were done by Adv Najeeth, Dr Ejas Kader and Dr Nirmala Reghunathan.

Simultaneously the kids of various age groups and from different schools , were indulging themselves in colouring activity. They were rewarded with certificates and gifts. The poster designing competition saw an overwhelming response .The artistic expressions on the theme of "world no tobacco day", was of superior quality. Miss Rachel Mathew, from The Millenium School won the "first prize", Master Nilin Baiju from Indian High school, stood second and Miss Sharon Tony from The Millenium School , secured the third position.

Hi Print inter school Anti Tobacco Quiz competition was one of the highlights of the evening. It had four teams competing .Gulf Model School emerged winners. The other teams were The Millenium School, The Indian High School and Our own High school, Al Warqa.

The eminent panel of doctors presented the fatal effects of smoking and using tobacco, through thoughtfully compiled pictures and slides .Dr T.C Satish presented the current statistics of the hazards of smoking and showed the alarming effects of tobacco on the skin including various skin cancers and premature ageing of the skin.

Dr Anil Kumar, highlighted the cardiac risks of smoking. He said smokers develop heart attacks at younger age group without any other risk factors like increased cholesterol levels in the blood.

Dr Vinod Kumar Ankarath spoke about the gastro intestinal side effects of Tobacco use including the ill effects of Shisha use.

Dr Sreelatha highlighted the disastrous consequences of smoking on pregnant women.

Dr Ejas kader mentioned the delayed healing of fractures and the effects on musculo skeletal systems.

Dr Sreekumaran Nair highlighted the effects of Peer Pressure and the ways to Quit Smoking.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Biju Kaimal, Joint secretary of FOI.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Jun 2, 2013
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