Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute celebrating World No Tobacco Day

The Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute celebrated World No Tobacco Day, underlining the importance of this globally recognized event and its role in raising awareness about the dangers of tobacco. The institute, known for its dedication to research, teaching, and patient care in the field of chest diseases, highlighted the fight against tobacco addiction during the event.

The celebration, held at the Pental Memorial Golden Jubilee Auditorium, centered around the achievements of the National Tobacco Quitline Service (NTQLS). The service, which has been operational for the past seven years, is a critical element of the institute’s endeavors to combat tobacco addiction.

Launched in 2016 by Union Health Minister Hon’ble Shri Jai Prakash Nadda, the NTQLS has achieved remarkable success, providing counseling to over two million individuals and helping 156,644 to quit tobacco as of April 2023.

The event also drew attention to the essential role of community involvement in the fight against tobacco. It featured a poignant play titled “We Need Food, Not Tobacco,” performed by the NTQLS staff, driving home the message of the dangers of tobacco and the necessity to quit.

World No Tobacco Day serves as a potent reminder of the ongoing battle against tobacco and the commitment of organizations like the Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute. As we mark this important day, the institute’s efforts shine a light on the path towards a tobacco-free world.