JKVHA creates awareness about ill-effects of tobacco

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J&K Voluntary Health Association (JKVHA) in collaboration with Regional Red Cross Society Kashmir and Education Department organised a sensitisation programme for students about hazards of cigarette smoking at Govt High School Bemina today. In his inaugural address AM Mir (IAS Retd) Executive Director JKVHA highlighted the importance of role of student community in order to bring down the consumption of smoking to prevent people at large from its hazards. Prof Dr Nusrat Andrabi Secretary Regional Red Cross Society Kashmir emphasised on students and staff of various schools assembled here that they should refrain from smoking, as it is injurious to their health.
Shabir Lone from Drug and Food Control Organisation gave a brief about the provisions of Tobacco Control Act (COTPA-2003) and responsibilities of Educational Institutions to implement it. An overview of the interventions of JKVHA in supporting the efforts of the State Govt. was highlighted by AK Wani. During the course of the event student speakers of various schools of the area shared their views. 1st three ranked speakers were awarded mementos by the Association. Aqsa Afzal from Safvi Memorial Institute Mirgund Stood first, Zaheer Abbass from HPS Bemina stood 2nd and Sufiya Rashid from Shah-e-Hamdan School Bemina stood 3rd. Cash prizes were given for Skit performance and reciting of Qawali by students. The students took a pledge not to smoke. The function concluded with vote of thanks by the Principal of the school.

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