‘World No Tobacco Day’ observed, many programmes organized to aware masses

Justice Tashi Rabstan along with others during a function organized on World No Tobacco Day at Srinagar on Friday.
Justice Tashi Rabstan along with others during a function organized on World No Tobacco Day at Srinagar on Friday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 31: Different organizations here today observed ‘World No Tobacco Day’ and organized many programmes to aware the masses about harms of using tobacco.
J&K Legal Services Authority in Srinagar observed World No Tobacco Day in collaboration with Crescent Public School, Naseem Bagh, Srinagar; Bilaliya Educational Institute, Srinagar; Nageen Lake Conservation Organization, Kashmir Concern, Agri Industries, Vikaas Chamber and District Legal Services Authority, Srinagar and organized awareness programmes. Justice Tashi Rabstan, Senior Judge of High Court of J&K and Ladakh and Executive Chairman, J&K Legal Services Authority was chief guest and he underscored the importance of today’s event held collectively by the legal and educational bodies. Amit Kumar Gupta, Member Secretary J&K Legal Services Authority joined virtually displaying his resolve in raising voice against the menace. Justice Tashi highlighted the need for raising awareness among the younger generation about the ill effects of tobacco and tobacco products. The event also featured dynamic performances by students from Crescent Public School and Bilaliya Educational Institute, who creatively showcased the ill effects of smoking and tobacco use through engaging skit and presentations.
Indira Gandhi Government Dental College, Jammu observed World No Tobacco Day under the guidance of Prof. (Dr.) Parveen Akhter Lone, Principal and Dean of the College. The event was aimed at increasing awareness about harmful effects of tobacco and this year’s theme was ‘Protecting children from tobacco industry interference.’ Dr. Iqbal Singh along with Dr. Anu Gandral, Dr. Amita Parihar and Dr. Manisha Koul conducted a series of month-long anti-tobacco awareness activities and targeted various schools to educate students about the dangers of tobacco use.
An anti-tobacco awareness camp was also organized for Central Reserve Police Force personnel at Bantalab.
NCC Units of GDC Paloura observed World No Tobacco Day in collaboration with NSS Unit of the College to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use. Under this programme a series of events including a pledge ceremony were carried out in which students and staff along with the College Principal took pledge to protect themselves and their loved ones from the danger of tobacco. Prof. (Lt.) Kusha Sharma (ANO Girls), Dr. Shivani Sharma and Prof. (Lt.) Arun Sharma (ANO Boys) informed the students that smoking causes cancer, heart diseases, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes and other ailments. The whole programme was organized under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Ashu Vashisht, Principal GDC Paloura.
NSS wing in collaboration with Department of Punjabi and Anti-Drug Club of GDC Bishnah observed No Tobacco Day under the guidance of Prof. Shallu Samyal, Principal of the College. After an awareness movie, Dr. Anshu Sharma, resource person, delivered a lecture on anti-drugs in context of organ donation. The programme was coordinated by Dr. Ratika Sharma, Convener, Anti-Drug Club and Dr. Geeta Lakhotra, NSS PO.
NCC and NSS units of GDC Kathua organized a webinar on ‘World No Tobacco Day’ under the guidance of College Principal Prof. Seema Mir to raise awareness among the students about the ill effects of tobacco consumption. Dr. Shamim Bandey, an educationist and motivational speaker discussed how tobacco cultivation contributes to soil degradation, desertification and soil fertility depletion.
Narco Coordination Centre of Shri Pandit Prem Nath Dogra GDC Samba organized a one day awareness session on drug de-addiction to observe World No Tobacco Day. Principal of the College, Prof. (Dr.) Twinkle Suri highlighted the need of sensitizing the students about the risks associated with tobacco consumption and in making a healthier and smoke free environment. Vinay Kumar, SSP Samba was chief guest on the occasion and he apprised the students about the concept of gateway drugs. He advocated for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption among students. The programme concluded with vote of thanks by Dr. Banpreet Kour, IQAC Coordinator.
NCC Unit (SD/SW) of Govt Post Graduate College, Rajouri organized a series of events on menace of tobacco consumption among the youth to observe World No Tobacco Day in collaboration with NSS Unit of the College under the patronage of Principal of the College, Prof. (Dr.) Shamim A Azad. NCC Officer, Prof. Salma Farooq highlighted the role of NCC cadets and NSS volunteers in wiping out the menace of tobacco addiction from the society for a healthy and prosperous nation. NCC cadets and NSS volunteers organized a rally around the College campus that witnessed a huge participation from other students of the College and the faculty members. A seminar was also organized on ‘Effects of Tobacco on the Society’.
The National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) Cell of the Health Department in Leh observed World No Tobacco Day at Lamdon Model Senior Secondary School. The event started with a rally by students to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use.
State Nodal Officer, NCD Leh, Dr. Rinchen Angmo highlighted the high prevalence of tobacco use among youth and its severe health consequences including various cancers and over one crore deaths annually. Principal of Lamdon Model Senior Secondary School, Kunzes Angmo spoke on the hazardous health impacts of tobacco. Students performed an informative skit on the consequences of tobacco use. The chief guest was Senior Superintendent of Police, Leh, Shruti Arora who spoke about the importance of tackling addiction and emphasized that quitting must come from individuals, especially during their formative years.
Directorate of Health Services, Jammu observed World No Tobacco Day by hosting an awareness event at Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar. ANMT students and staff from the hospital and officers of the Directorate led by Director Health Services Jammu, Dr. Rakesh Magotra and others took a pledge to never consume any type of tobacco product and to motivate their family members and acquaintances also to desist from tobacco use. After this, a rally of ANMT students was taken out from the Hospital in which the students displayed banners highlighting negative impact of tobacco products on human health.
Block Health Department of Nowshera in collaboration with local community organizations observed World No Tobacco Day at Sub-District Hospital Nowshera. All the employees of Sub-District Hospital Nowshera took a pledge to raise awareness among people to stop the consumption of tobacco by holding banners and posters. Dr. Iqbal Malik, Block Medical Officer Nowshera said that purpose of observing Tobacco Prohibition Day is to raise awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco use.
On No Tobacco Day, Shiv Sena (UBT) J&K Unit chief, Manish Sahni said that government should ban the sale of tobacco products near educational institutions across J&K and the country. In a programme Sahni said that use of tobacco, cigarettes, bidis etc causes mouth, heart and lung cancer.
To observe ‘World No Tobacco Day 2024’, Bhartiya Lok Sangeet Kala Sansthan in coordination with Union Ministry of Culture, Social Welfare Department, J&K Government and Sangam Tru Art Production staged a play on ‘Nasha Mukat Bharat Abhiyan’. The programme was inaugurated by the chief guest V.K Magotra, Former Regional Director, Directorate of Field Publicity.