Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 31 :
The Centre for Health Awareness (CHA), run by the SOA University in Odisha, conducted a mass awareness campaign to mark the ‘World No Tobacco Day’ on Saturday exhorting the people to shun habits like smoking and chewing tobacco.
The day, promoted by the World Health Organisation to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe, also aims at drawing global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and its negative health effects.
Carrying placards urging the people to quit the habit if they were hooked to tobacco, over 150 University students, mostly from the Institute of Dental Sciences (IDS) under the SOA University along with faculty members gathered at the historic Khandagiri and Udayagiri hills here and distributed leaflets among the hundreds of tourists.
Chairman of Odisha Khadi and Gramodyog Board Tejeswar Parida joined the campaign as the chief guest and exhorted the people to quit the habit and enjoy better health.
The students informed the people that chewing tobacco was the most common cause of oral and other cancers and was a habit that cut short the lives of millions of people.
Dr Neeta Mohanty, dean of IDS, Dr Sanat Bhuyan, head of the department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, faculty Dr Anurag Satpathy, among others, were present.
The students later marched in a procession from the Khandagiri-Udayagiri hills to the University.