Dr S K Arora, Addl Director Health,Govt of Delhi is requesting various organisations & people since morning to cast their vote & also sensitize people on ill effects of Tobacco and also monitor the status of Tobacco free Elections being held in Delhi today on 12th May 2019.
Dr Arora said that Today’s Election is Tobacco free election & while visiting Election booth to caste your vote please see whether the issued guidelines are being followed or not like :
1. Banner of Tobacco free Election at the gate of school & also at each polling booth inside the school mentioning ill effects of Tobaccos along with legal provisions under Tobacco control.
2. Presiding officer of booth is the nodal officer for ensuring Tobacco free status in & out of booth within school.
3. No body should smoke or use chewable tobaccos at premises.
4. Distt health teams should monitor to ensure all these.
He has requested that while visiting booth, may please interact with Presiding officer to see implementation issues.
It’s worth mentioning that India’s first Tobacco free Election was conducted successfully under the leadership of Dr S K Arora during State wide MCD elections in Delhi in 2017. Accordingly this time he had written letter to Election Commission of India to declare this lok sabha Elections 2019 as Tobacco free through out India. I am thankful to Election Commission of India for accepting our suggestions in public interests & issued instructions to all States Election Commissions to implement the same, said Dr Arora.
He further adds that today the most adult population will visit these polling booths to cast their vote so is a best opportunity to sensitize the Adult population in a single day on ill effects of Tobaccos.
He says that each one of us should avoid use of anykind of tobacco product in booth premises & should also be vigilant to ensure it’s prohibition in larger public health interest. This will facilitate the implementation & monitoring both & help in tackling the menace of tobaccos. Tobacco is leading cause in 40% of all cancers, 90% of Oral cancers , 40% of TB cases & 20 to 30% of atherosclerotic diseases like Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart attack & Brain stroke apart from Chronic lung disorders & many more diseases adds Arora.