The Commission has now sought cooperation of the Commissioners of all three civic bodies - South, North and East municipal corporation -- to create 'tobacco free' poll booths for the MCD polls and display multi-colour banners at each location indicating the same.
"It is an excellent opportunity to sensitise nearly 1.33 crore adults on a single day as they will come to cast their vote at the polling booths," Dr Arora said.
He said 90 per cent of oral cancers, 40 per cent of all cancers and 30 per cent of tuberculosis cases occur because of tobacco habits.
Also, 20 per cent cases of diabetes, hypertension, heart attack and brain stroke are also linked to tobacco consumption, he added.
The objective is also to make public aware that polling booths being a public place, the use and sale of all kinds of tobacco is prohibited, he said.
Besides, teams of health departments will also supervise and monitor to ensure that there are no violations.
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