World No-Tobacco Day

Tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year. More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke*. People need to be more aware of the ill effects of tobacco use as a study** and shreds of evidence say that smokers develop severe disease with COVID-19 as compared to non-smokers.

The World No-Tobacco Day is an incredible opportunity to raise awareness in the younger generation about the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco on the human body. To spread awareness among students, Bharti Foundation organized a virtual event in the partner Government schools of Haryana under the Satya Bharti Quality Support Program. The three-day long event began on the 31st of May and was concluded on the 2nd of June, 2021. Students from 24 partner elementary and senior secondary schools in Haryana enthusiastically partook in a bouquet of activities organized under the event. Students through posters and drawings indicated how dangerous consumption of Tobacco is for everyone. Organizing such events creates awareness in the young generation so that in future they do not fall into the Tobacco trap. Teaching children about the harmful impacts of tobacco consumption during their teen years, can make a lasting impact on their mind and has better changes of leading to a change in society.

Mr Sahani, principal of US Patheda, Mahendergarh said that with this move the students are being groomed in such a way that they not only share this message at the school level but also with their peers, community and villages so that society is free from ill-effects of Tobacco.

*https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/tobacco

**https://www.who.int/news/item/28-05-2021-who-supports-people-quitting-tobacco-to-reduce-their-risk-of-severe-covid-19