More than 140 users die every day due
The Department of Pre-University Education organized organised a workshop for Program officers and volunteers of National Service Scheme (NSS) at Govindha Dasappa PU College, Surathkal PU College. Approximately 50 NSS units of Colleges of Dakshsin Kannada, Udupi and Kodagu districts participated.
In this workshop, NSS Program Officers and Volunteers took Pledge to keep refrain themselves from tobacco and to encourage others also to stay away from this deadly addiction.
‘Pledge for Life - Tobacco Free Youth’ campaign is inspired by Honourable President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind and supported by Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. This campaign focuses on preventive strategies for youth to abstain from using tobacco and discouraging others also from doing so. This campaign is currently rolling out in states of Assam, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka, U.P., Odisha and Delhi.
Karnataka Regional Directorate of NSS and State NSS Cell of Department of Youth Empowerment & Sports, Government of Karnataka in collaboration with Sambandh Health Foundation (SHF) and Alamelu Charitable Foundation are rolling the campaign in Mangaluru.
According to data one in every three males, while one in every 10 females in Karnataka use tobacco. More than 140 users die every day due to diseases attributed to tobacco and more than 290 children are introduced to tobacco every day. In Karnataka, there are more than 800 NSS Units with 80,000 volunteers in Dept of PU Education.
Dr. Venkantraman Kini ,Cancer Surgeon, AJ Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangaluru said, “Now cancer is being detected at much early age and one of the reasons is extensive use of tobacco products. If a person initiate tobacco use early in his life, he is more likely to continue this addiction throughout his life. Since, quit rate is very low in tobacco addiction, more and more efforts must be towards reducing the initiation of tobacco among youth.”
Dr. Ramesh CG, NSS Coordinator, Department of Pre-University Education, GoK 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.”