Mysore, May 31 (RK&JP)- South Western Railways, Mysore Division took out a rally on the occasion of the 'World No Tobacco Day'.

The rally was flagged off at the Mysore Railway Station by B.B. Verma, Div. Rly. Manager and was led by Dr. S. Kanagamani, Chief Medical Superintendent, Railway Hospital, Dr.M.N. Sharadamma, Sr. Div. Medical Officer, Dr. H. N. Ramakanta, Sr. MO and Venkatesh, Station Manager.

The rally wound its way from the station to the railway hospital on KRS road with the participants carrying placards that read, 'Cigarette smoking is injuries to health’ and ‘Tobacco is injuries to health’ and shouting slogans on the dangers of tobacco. One of the placards listed the 8 possible diseases that one could contract through the use of any of the forms of tobacco.

The rally culminated in a small function at the Railway Hospital.

Women comprise about 20% of the world's more than 1 billion smokers. However, the epidemic of tobacco use among women is increasing in some countries. Women are a major target of opportunity for the tobacco in-dustry, which needs to recruit new users to replace the nearly half of current users who will die prematurely from tobacco- related diseases.

Especially troubling is the rising prevalence of tobacco use among girls. The new WHO report, Women and health: today's evidence, tomorrow's agenda, points to evidence that tobacco advertising increasingly targets girls.

Data from 151 countries show that about 7% of adolescent girls smoke cigarettes as opposed to 12% of adolescent boys. In some countries, almost as many girls smoke as boys.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore