Voice of Tobacco Victims Kerala chapter to be opened
Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV)- a unique campaign that will give a collective space and voice to tobacco victims - is all set to take shape in Kerala. Health Minister V S Sivakumar will inaugurate the Kerala chapter of the Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) here on November 12.
Tobacco victims would share their experiences on how tobacco use affected them and their families. With this, Kerala will be one among the five Indian states to have a dedicated VoTV state chapter. In this state chapter, senior doctors will come together to create awareness on the harmful effects of tobacco.
Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) director and president of VoTV Kerala chapter Paul Sebastian; Chapter Professor and Medical Superintendent, RCC, K Ramadas and Additional Director of Health A S Pradeepkumar would be present at the function.
More than one-fifth of Kerala’s adult population, above 15 years of age, use tobacco in some form and nearly 20,000 die from tobacco-induced cancers in the state every year. Tobacco victims, through the forum enabled by VoTV, would act as the public’s face of the tobacco control movement and advocate for change.