Pune: On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day celebrated worldwide on May 31, Ruby Hall Clinic had organised a bike rally to create and spread awareness about ill-effects of tobacco.
Joint Charity Commissioner Shivaji Kachare flagged off the rally, which started from Ruby Hall Clinic and then headed to East Street, MG Road, Commissioner’s Office comprising 7 to 8 kilometres. More than 100 bikers participated in this rally. All the bikers were felicitated for their contribution.
Kachare said in his speech that the youth today must stay away from addiction and engage themselves in more productive work. It is the responsibility of young India to spread this awareness.
Medical Director of Ruby Hall Clinic, Dr Sanjay Pathare said the number of deaths happening due to passive smoking is alarming and it is criminal to smoke in public. “Government should take more stringent action against tobacco producers and ban its sale in the interest of the country. Globally every year there are 70 to 80 lakh deaths due to consumption of tobacco and tobacco products. This huge burden is causing a decrease in productivity and increasing morbidity,” said Dr Pathare.
Other dignitaries present for the function were Dr Nita Munshi, Head Quality, Ruby Hall Clinic, Alankar Godbole, Marketing Head and Dr Ashok Bhanage, Chairman of Cancer Centre.