LEH, Aug 7: DC Leh and CEO LAHDC, Leh, Sachin Kumar today inaugurated ‘Yellow Line Campaign” under National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) at Govt Girls Higher Secondary School Leh.
The ‘Yellow Line Campaign’ is aimed at making people aware about the adverse effects of consumption of tobacco and its products, and preventing the young generation form getting addicted to it. Under the campaign, a yellow line will be painted 100 yards away from an educational institution’s boundary wall, indicating that it is a tobacco-free zone. The campaign was organized by Health Department Leh.
Addressing the gathering of student, teachers and staff members of girls’ higher-secondary school Leh, Sachin Kumar talked about the hazardous affect of tobacco product which create diseases like lung cancer, mouth cancer and stroke. He also suggested to quit smoking and tobacco product with strong motivation to lead a meaningful healthy life. He also urged upon the students to study about the harmful effect of smoking and chewing of tobacco.
DC also directed to ensure maximum participation of the public and educational institutions in this awareness campaign and also urged for taking strict action against those who found violating of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, supply and Distribution) Act.
CMO Leh, Dr Motup, speaking on the inaugural of ‘Yellow Line Campaign’, talked about the preference given to girls’ school in initiating the campaign considering that women are the head of the family who take care their family in all aspects. He further sensitized the student about their responsibility to stop someone who inhale smoking at public place and further urged that smoker are not the super model and advised to not to follow them.
Dr Iqbal, DHO Leh, said that objective of the campaign was to strengthen tobacco free institution norms and also to create more awareness among the student and staff about the dreadful consequences of tobacco. He said that within the yellow line, nobody would be allowed to sell or use tobacco product and added that this campaign would play a great role to making tobacco free institutions in Leh and this would be replicated in other institutions of Leh district.