A smoking cessation clinic has been established by the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute (MGMCRI).
Said to be the city’s first such facility, the clinic was opened as part of various initiatives undertaken by the MGMCRI during the observance of World COPD (Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) Day.
The scope of this clinic, set up by the Department of Pulmonary Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry, will be to educate smokers/tobacco users about the ill-effects of tobacco, provide one – one support – interaction to the smokers, provide social skill training and provide psychological support. The clinic will function on Wednesdays at the Pulmonary Medicine OPD. MGMCRI is a constituent college of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, a deemed to be University
Dr. Subhash Chandra Parija, Vice-Chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, who inaugurated the clinic, said that though smoking has been recognised as the top preventable cause of death in the world, the addictive power of tobacco was so strong that barely 3 % to 10% of smokers succeed in quitting smoking for a period of maximum one year without assistance.
Also, success rates increase between 15% and 20% when smokers benefit from some form of support. “It is keeping this in mind that the smoking cessation clinic has been set up.”
MGMCRI Dean Dr. Ravishankar also participated in the event.
The World COPD Day is observed globally on under the auspices of the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD), a WHO organisation, aiming to improve awareness and care of the potentially fatal disorder.
A lung health screening camp for the employees of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth was also organised at MGMCRI as a part of the observance. Around 200 employees were screened with Spirometry test.
Patients with complaints of breathlessness, wheezing and chronic cough were also screened with spirometry tests. Free inhalers and educative literature were distributed to patients.
A poster and photography competition was also organised for undergraduate and postgraduate students of the constituent colleges of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth.