Report of World No Tobacco Day 2020 observed from the Department of Community Medicine
Every year on 31st May is observed as World No Tobacco day throughout the globe with World Health Organization initiative (WHO). According to WHO, Nicotine contained in tobacco is highly addictive and tobacco use is a major risk factor for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, over 20 different types or subtypes of cancer, and many other debilitating health conditions. Every year, more than 8 million people die from tobacco use. Tobacco can also be deadly for non-smokers. Second-hand smoke exposure has also been implicated in adverse health outcomes, causing 1.2 million deaths annually. Nearly half of all children breathe air polluted by tobacco smoke and 65 000 children die each year due to illnesses related to second-hand smoke. Smoking while pregnant can lead to several life-long health conditions for babies. Most tobacco-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, which are often targets of intensive tobacco industry interference and marketing. This year’s theme is protection of younger generations, focusing on “Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use”. This year World No Tobacco Day highlights the tobacco industry’s systematic and sustained efforts to hook a new generation of users. Creating awareness about the aggressive efforts of the tobacco industry to lure adolescents and young people to use their addictive and dangerous products is urgent. Adolescents and young people can be empowered to protect themselves if they understand the real intentions of an industry that wants to hook them on an addictive product just to increase and secure its profits despite the public health consequences.
The Department of Community Medicine observed this day by arranging an online E-poster competition for VI Term MBBS students. E-posters format were given to them and informed to send their E-poster with in a scheduled time. 30 E-posters were received on time. One Assistant Professor and one Associate Professor from the Department of Community Medicine assessed E-posters based on three criteria (Creativity participant has used in preparation of E-Poster, Information depicted on the poster and Aesthetic Quality of E-Poster). The best ones were selected and the deserving participant Mrs.Inchara (Roll.No-23/Reg.no-17M10047) won the best poster award. A Certificate of participation will be issued to the participant as a token of appreciation once she returns back to college.
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