Students vow for freeing their school from smoking

Students vow for freeing their school from smoking

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More than 100 students of Mithapukur Model High School in Mithapukur upazila here have vowed for freeing their educational institution from smoking to save the young generations from severe consequences.They made the vow while taking oath for not smoking and creating awareness among young students about consequences of smoking and indirect smoking in turning the institution into smoking-free place to save them from many deadly diseases. Headmaster Shah Habib-E-Azam of the school conducted the oath-taking ceremony at an awareness building discussion arranged after screening documentary films on hazards of smoking, indirect smoking and consuming tobacco products.Association for Community Development (ACD) and Upazila Tobacco Control Coalition (TCC) jointly organised the event with assistance of Mithapukur Model High School authority at its auditorium on Wednesday afternoon.Presided over by Headmaster Shah Habib-E-Azam, Programme Officer of ACD Asim Sarker Litan moderated the event participated by 100 male and female students of class nine and ten of the school.Community Mobilser of ACD Rezaul Islam Reza coordinated the programme also addressed by local elite Dr Matiur Rahman, journalist-members of Mithapukur Upazila TCC Habibur Rahman Sona, Biplob Rahman and Hussaine Sabuz Ahmed. Programme Officer of ACD Asim Sarker Litan discussed on the legal ban on smoking at public places, including educational institutions, and adverse impacts of smoking, indirect smoking and consuming tobacco products on public health.The speakers narrated consequences of smoking and indirect smoking in public places like educational institutions, transports, offices, hospitals, clinics, hotels and restaurants, amended tobacco control act (TCA) and other related issues and laws.They said every sixth adult death is being caused by tobacco in Bangladesh where 43 percent population, including 58 percent adult males, 29 percent adult females and 13 percent adolescents are consuming cigarettes, bidi, smokeless or other tobacco products.The women and children are being affected more than male from indirect smoking in Bangladesh where 68 percent male and 30 female being affected by indirect smoking at work places and 69 percent male and 21 female in the public transports.They said victims of indirect smoking, like smokers, have been suffering from diseases of lung cancer, cerebra- vascular, coronary artery, chronicobstructive pulmonary, ear infection, bronchitis and many other tobacco-attributable deadly diseases. Headmaster Shah Habib-E-Azam assured of making his school 100 percent free from smoking in association with his students to save the young generations from the wrath of many deadly diseases for building a healthier nation.BSS, Rangpur

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