World No Tobacco Day Programs 2017
Program 1: Road Rally
The Department of Public Health Dentistry, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences, in association with Indian Dental Association, Puducherry Branch, organized a World No Tobacco Day Road Rally on May 31st 2017 for 10th consecutive year to emphasize and create awareness on harmful effects of tobacco. The rally was inaugurated by Dr. Ganesh, President and Dr. Jayaraj, Secretary, IDA. The road rally started at Anna statue and ended at Gandhi statue via Nehru Street. The rally comprised around 200 dentists and dental students and emphasized the theme of this year ‘Tobacco a threat to development’ among general public and created awareness on harmful effects of tobacco.
Program 2: Tobacco Cessation Clinic at Kirumampakkam
The NSS Unit of Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences, Department of Public Health Dentistry, in support with Cancer Institute (WIA) Chennai, and Cipla Nicotex, contacted mobile tobacco cessation clinic at Kirumampakkam on 1st June 2017. The clinic was started based on the recommendation from Dental Council of India and IAPHD Tamilnadu chapter. In this mobile tobacco cessation clinic around 150 general public were screened for carbon monoxide level using carbon monoxide meter sponsor by Cipla Nicotex. About 52 subjects with tobacco habits were identified and given tobacco cessation counseling using IEC material given by cancer institute (WIA) Chennai. Nicotine replacement therapy was provided to the subjects and was sponsored by Cipla Nicotex.