World Health Organisation has named May 31st as World No Tobbaco Day. This year’s focus is “Tobacco – a threat to development” which demonstrates the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens. So, it is all about pushing both governments and citizens to take measures to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis. I am a strong proponent of banning tobacco and its products. While it provides jobs and revenue, it also kills millions due to cancer, heart disease and lung disease. A lot of people are chronic sufferers and lose their jobs. I think it is our social responsibility as citizens of the world to fight the anti-tobacco battle and win! I have a personal reason to fight the menace. My parents both smoked and passed away due to lung cancer. In fact, I lost my father to cancer, at the same time that the hospital where I worked at, requested me to train in medical oncology. It seemed like a sign. It’s also what pushed me to change the mandate of my mom-in-law’s NGO Nag Foundation started in Pune to support the arts – into a movement for cancer awareness and cancer treatments after we had lost 3 out of the 4 parents in the house to cancer. So it was only natural that she would want her children to grow up with dogs. Samuel Arthur Nag (Sam), the beagle boy came home about 11 years ago and the pitter patter of his paws lit up the house. “He is primarily my daughter Mitali’s dog. But since the kids – Krishna and Mitali were in school, I did most of the nurturing. So Sam and I have a really special bond. Abbagail Margaret Nag (Abby), the beagle girl came about five years ago as Krishna’s dog and brought more love into the fold. Milon, my husband, enjoys spending time with Sam and Abby too,” says Shona who is Head-Oncology, Jehangir Hospital.
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