Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, May 30:
On the eve of ‘World No Tobacco Day’, internationally acclaimed Odisha based artist Sudarsan Patnaik has created a sand sculpture with the message ‘No Tobacco’ at the Puri beach on Friday to spread awareness about the dangers of smoking.
Pattnaik used seven tonnes of sand, including some coloured sand, and spent six hours to create the 5 feet high and 20 feet long sculpture that has five different faces with the common message “No Tobacco”.
The sculpture is an initiative of HCG Panda Curie Cancer Hospital, which has roped in the eminent artist to spread awareness on the harmful effects of smoking.
Expressing concern over the increase in the incidence of various types of cancers caused primarily by smoking, Patnaik said “It is time to get our act together and enforce the ban on tobacco products in the state through awareness and legislation.”
Dr. Sanjoy Panda, Head & Neck Oncology surgeon, said there has been a drastic increase in cancers of the lung, head & neck due to consumption of tobacco. “In creating this sand art, we are trying to educate the public on the harmful effects of tobacco,” he said.
Girish Mishra, centre manager, HCG Panda Curie Cancer Hospital said an Anti Tobacco Act must be promulgated and enforced strictly. Awareness should be created among impressionable age of 13 by when 60% of them would have tried tobacco products at least once, he said.
“World No Tobacco Day”, an initiative of the World Health Organisation, is observed worldwide on May 31 every year to warn the people about the perils of smoking.