LEH: DC/CEO, LAHDC, Leh Sachin Kumar today inaugurated ‘Yellow Line Campaign” under National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) at Govt Girls Higher Secondary School Leh. The ‘Yellow Line Campaign’ is aimed at making people aware about the adverse effects of consumption of tobacco and its products, and preventing the young generation form getting addicted to it. Under the campaign, a yellow line will be painted 100 yards away from an educational institution’s boundary wall, indicating that it is a tobacco-free zone, which was organized by Health Department Leh.
Addressing the gathering, Sachin Kumar talked about the hazardous affect of tobacco product including diseases like lung cancer, mouth cancer and stroke. He also suggested to quit smoking and use of tobacco products to lead a meaningful healthy life. He also urged upon the students to study about the harmful effects of smoking and chewing of tobacco.
DC also directed to ensure maximum participation of the people and educational institutions in the awareness campaign and also urged for taking strict action against those who found violating of COPTA (Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act). He appreciated the steps taken by Health department and also assured to extend support at every stage.
CMO Leh Dr Motup, speaking on the occasion, talked about the preference given to girls’ school in initiating ‘Yellow Line Campaign’ considering that women are the head of the family who take care of their family in all aspects. He further sensitized the students about their responsibility to stop someone from smoking at public places.
Dr Iqbal, DHO Leh, in his welcome address, said that the objective of the campaign was to create awareness among the students and staff about the dreadful consequences of using tobacco. He said that within the yellow line, nobody would be allowed to sell or use tobacco products and added that this campaign would play a great role to make tobacco-free institutions in Leh. This would be replicated in other institutions of Leh district. He further highlighted the present data of tobacco consumption in India and the harmful effects of passive smoking as well as electronic cigarettes.