Home Health & Fitness Mumbai : NSS to lead the ‘Pledge for Life – Tobacco Free Youth’ campaign in Odisha

Mumbai : NSS to lead the ‘Pledge for Life – Tobacco Free Youth’ campaign in Odisha

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Mumbai : NSS to lead the ‘Pledge for Life – Tobacco Free Youth’ campaign in Odisha

NSS to lead the ‘Pledge for Life – Tobacco Free Youth’ campaign in Odisha

 

Bhubaneswar,

Every second male and every third female in Odisha use tobacco. Help of National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers in Odisha is being taken to encourage people to stay away from tobacco, under ‘Pledge for Life – Tobacco Free Youth’ campaign. Odisha Regional Directorate of NSS in collaboration with Sambandh Health Foundation (SHF)  and Alamelu Charitable Foundation (supported by Tata Trusts) organized the very first workshop in this regard in Utkal University.

The workshop was attended by the Programme Officers and volunteers of 70 NSS Units of Utkal University of Bhubaneshwar and Khorda. The NSS programme officers and volunteers took pledge to refrain themselves from tobacco and encourage others also to stay away from this deadly addiction. In Odisha, there are approximately 2000 NSS units and 1 lakh volunteers.

‘Pledge for Life – Tobacco Free Youth’ campaign is inspired by Honourable President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind and supported by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. This campaign focuses on preventive strategies for youth to abstain from usi, ng tobacco and discouraging others from doing so.  This campaign is currently being rolled out in the states of Assam, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka and Delhi.

 

Dr. Dilip Kar, Cancer Surgeon and Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) patron said, “Now cancer is being detected at much early age and one of the reasons is extensive use of tobacco products. If a person initiates tobacco use early in his life, he is more likely to continue it throughout his life. Since, quit rate is very low in India, more and more efforts must be towards reducing the initiation of tobacco among youth. Prevention is better than cure.”

It is to be mentioned that 1.53 crore people, aged 15+, use tobacco in Odisha out of which 1.43 crore used chewing tobacco. Every second male and every third female in Odisha use tobacco, says Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS 2017). More than 46,000 tobacco users die every year due to diseases attributed to tobacco, while more than 200 children are introduced to tobacco every day.

Prof. Dr.  Soumendra Mohan Patnaik, Vice Chancellor, Utkal University said, “It’s a great initiative on a social cause of protecting our young generations from tobacco menace. Youth must be actively participating in anti-tobacco activities and these efforts will lead towards a positive social behavior change in the society. Students should take pride in saying ‘NO’ to tobacco and other addictive substances if offered.

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