Jamshedpur : The Tobacco Free Jamshedpur campaign undertaken by CII Yi XLRI, a month long campaign aimed to spread awareness about the ill effects of tobacco usage in its different forms across diverse groups of the society, which are most susceptible to this evil.
Through the campaign, the CII Yi XLRI team conducted seminars in schools and colleges such as Motilal Nehru Public School, RV School, Tinplate Women’s College and companies such as Tinplate India Pvt. Ltd. to spread the message of quitting tobacco usage.
The team consisted of esteemed doctors from the Meherbai Tata Memorial Hospital who are devoted to the cause of lung cancer awareness.
The team of doctors led by Dr. Amit Kumar along with students and volunteers from XLRI together delivered seminars and conducted free health checkups across the city. CII Yi XLRI also donated Rs. 60000 to Meherbai Tata Memorial Hospital to aid the cause of treatments of lung cancer patients.
The campaign involved spreading awareness about the ill effects of tobacco abuse in the form of cigarettes, gutka, etc. within the campus of XLRI and across the city of Jamshedpur.
The in-campus event was a 10-day awareness week, which included anti-smoking posters, documentaries and advertisements.
The team also launched a ‘Buddy’ system wherein students were encouraged to sign up as buddies and help people who are struggling with tobacco abuse. The buddy’s job was to be a support system to the addict and help him in quitting the habit.
The CII Yi XLRI team interacted with those sections of the society that are most susceptible to tobacco addiction; students and workers.
The team included doctors from Meherbai Tata Memorial Hospital led by Dr. Amit Kumar who is an oncologist and deals with patients suffering from cancer due to tobacco chewing and smoking on a daily basis. Dr. Amit presented several shocking facts about the ill effects of this habit to the students and workers in each of the interactive sessions.
He also answered several questions and doubts that the audience had in their minds about the consequences of such habits.
Additionally, the team gave the audience members an Anti-Tobacco document, which included tips to help those who wished to quit their tobacco usage habits.
The team also organized the ‘No Smoking Challenge’ once during the month of December and once during the National Volunteering Week (12th – 18th January), in an attempt to challenge the cigarette smokers to give up smoking for one full day.
Several citizens and students participated in the event and continued to challenge themselves to quit smoking even after the completion of the event.