Hailakandi: World No Tobacco Day was observed in several schools and health centres across Hailakandi district on Friday. The day was observed with much enthusiasm and fervour in Katlicherra Girls’ High School, SAM High School, JCHS School, Jamira High School, MRC High School, Harakrishna High School, AC Girls’ HS School, Nityanandapur High School, GSM HS School, Rangauti High School, Panchgram Town High School and Kaibari High School.
Various speakers spoke on the significance of the day and the ill effects of smoking and other tobacco products on health. They urged the students to keep themselves away from smoking and other tobacco products to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Pledge was administered to the students to abstain from all sorts of tobacco consumption on the occasion.
“We believe that students and youth can be the best medium for disseminating the message about the harmful effects of tobacco and allied products on health and thus helping in curbing the menace,” said Inspector of Schools, Rajiv Kumar Jha.
The day was observed in 25 health and wellness centres where screening of cancer was conducted as well as awareness meetings were organized. District Media Expert, Monika Das informed that all the health institutions observed the day in a befitting manner, besides a district level awareness programme was held at the GNM Training School.
World No Tobacco Day is an annual awareness day sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO) since 1987. The event is intended to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and encourage governments to adopt effective policies to reduce smoking and the use of other tobacco products.
According to WHO, tobacco use kills more than 7 million people around the world each year, and that number is predicted to grow unless anti-tobacco actions are increased. In the United States, tobacco use is the largest preventable cause of death and multiple diseases. It causes many types of cancer, as well as heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and other health problems.
The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019 is “tobacco and lung health.” The WHO is drawing attention to the essential role of lungs in the health and well-being of all people, and the harmful effects of tobacco on lung health. The WHO says knowledge about how tobacco harm lungs is low among much of the public in some countries.
Silchar: According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) estimate, tobacco consumption is responsible for more than 7 million deaths every year. The data also reveals that almost 60,000 children die before attaining the age of 5 due to infections in the lower respiratory tract caused by second-hand smoke. World No Tobacco Day is celebrated on May 31 to address tobacco-related issues. This being an annual WHO observance day, is focussed on spreading awareness about the harmful effects of this stimulant. The global campaign aims at bringing down the disease and death burden of tobacco, globally. The agenda of World No Tobacco Day 2019 is reflected through its theme ‘Tobacco and Lung Health’.
This theme will educate the global population on tobacco’s detrimental and harmful impact on the lungs and the role of this respiratory organ in our health and well-being. The need to spread awareness in rural and remote areas is much high. In this regard, the district administration of Cachar led by DC Laya Madduri, in collaboration with District Tobacco Control Cell, District Health Society, Cachar, organized a series of events. A bike rally was flagged off by Laya Madduri at 8 am on Friday. The rally moved through the town.
GOLAGHAT: On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, the NSS unit of Don Bosco college observed the day on Friday by conducting an awareness programme and taking pledge to make the college campus tobacco free. Further they took the pledge to abstain from all kinds of intoxicating products. The volunteers made placards and drawings with slogans and anti tobacco symbols and hanged them in and around the campus. They also installed a handmade dustbin to throw away any tobacco item of the outsiders before entering the campus.
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