36P - Evaluation of a tobacco cessation clinic in South India - where do we stand?

Date 28 March 2014
Event ELCC 2014
Session Lunch and poster display session
Topics Cancer Aetiology, Epidemiology, Prevention
Presenter Balasubramanian Sivanesan
Citation Journal of Thoracic Oncology (2014) 9 (Supplement 9): S7-S52. 10.1097/JTO.0000000000000131
Authors B. Sivanesan1, P. Alagappan2, T. Balaji3
  • 1Medical Oncology, G Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital, 641037 - Coimbatore/IN
  • 2Counselling, Coimbatore Cancer Foundation, Coimbatore/IN
  • 3Oncology, G Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital, Coimbatore/IN


India is the second largest consumer of tobacco in the world with an estimated 120 million smokers and 75 million smokeless tobacco users. In India, the annual deaths from smoking are expected to rise from the present 930,000 to 1 million during 2010’s. In the west, the effectiveness of smoking cessation programmes are well established. Smoking cessation programmes are few and far in India. We evaluated a pilot tobacco cessation clinic at a tertiary Cancer Care Centre in South India.