‘Tambaku Visarjan Abhiyaan’ campaign initiated by villagers and Vedanta Lanjigarh, Odisha

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Lanjigarh:On account of World No Tobacco Day, Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh unit conducted an awareness session on tobacco consumption, with participation of over 100 associate partners attending the program in the plant premises.

The session held detailed discussion on the health impact of consuming tobacco, benefits of quitting it, and a video screening on ill effects of tobacco consumption. To drive the awareness session further, the employees and the associate partners also took a pledge to quit smoking. The associate partners working at Vedanta Aluminium, Lanjigarh unit’s, Mr. Raysing Majhi, Mr. Amylal Mandol and Mr. Parimal Das were awarded prizes for their outstanding achievement in abstaining from consuming tobacco.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Phillip Campbell, Director – Technical, Vedanta Lanjigarh said: “Smoking is not only injurious, it has truly adverse effects on our health. We must realise and be aware that there is absolutely no benefit from smoking other than leading your health to an adverse state. It is important to educate people about the consequences on consuming tobacco, its harmful effects and how we can benefit by quitting smoking.”

Additionally, Vedanta also held an awareness programme in Banigaon village, where Vedanta officials sensitised the villagers on the ill-effects of consuming tobacco.MsSushree Mani Majhi, Sarpanch Lanjigarh GP was the chief guest for the program.The villagers took an oath to quit tobacco and started the campaign ‘Tambaku Visarjan Abhiyaan’, the act to quit smoking and abstain from it. The villages held a rally, reiterating with slogans to quit consuming tobacco.

With this year’s theme on ‘Tobacco and Lung Cancer’, the doctors and guests elaborated on the negative impact of tobacco on people’s health with illnesses including cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. The discussion also lead to the impact smoking and consuming tobacco have on one’s families, work and specially health and advised the people to refrain from using tobacco to lead a healthy life. They highlighted the adverse influence tobacco consumption can have on users’ children and family members. The programme focused on tobacco as a leading cause of cancer and also the harm caused to people surrounding users through passive means.

Present during the program were VedantaAluminium’s Lanjigarh unit officials Mr. Phillip Campbell, Director – Technical, Mr. Anil Rai, Head – Commercial, Mr. Sunil Kumar Singh, General Manager – Expansion Projects, Ms. Harmeet Sehra, Chief Community Development Officer, and Dr. Sunil Tarai, Medical Officer, Vedanta Hospital, along with Vedanta employees.

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