Various speakers spoke on the significance of the day and the ill effects of smoking and other tobacco products on health.
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 organised. 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.