Over 5000 students pledge not to consume tobacco

Indore :  More than 5000 students of various schools of the city took an oath not to consume tobacco or tobacco products in life. They also pledged to stop others when found them consuming tobacco or tobacco products.

The mass oath taking ceremony to avoid tobacco ‘Tambaku: Abhi Nahi, Kabhi Nahi’ was organised by NGO Nanhe Farishte at Labh Ganga Garden on Thursday. Former director of Akashwani Indore, BN Bose administered the oath to the students.

The NGO also claimed for Guinness Book of World Records and Limca Book of World Records for the event.

Large number of students gathered at the venue from early morning to participate for the good cause. Not only the students but teachers, directors and many other renowned faces of the city, including MLA Malini Gaud and Ramesh Mendola participated in the programme.

Chief Guest of the programme Health and Family Welfare minister Narottam Mishra also shared his experience about the tobacco products and appealed to the students not to consume tobacco products ever.

“Madhya Pradesh Government was first in country to ban gutkha pouches and other states followed us. We are going through the lab test of cigarette and other tobacco products and we will try to lead the nation in banning these products as well,” he said.

Mishra said that they would not let anyone to deteriorate the health of the state residents. He appreciated the initiative of Nanhe Farishte

Mishra said that he was also a consumer of tobacco but left it many years back. Contd. on P13

“Some of my friends also lost their tongues due to tobacco consumption. I want to suggest the NGOs and school administrations to let the students visit cancer hospitals so that they will get a practical knowledge about the hazards of tobacco products,” the health minister said.

Founder of Nanhe Farishte Dr Rakesh Taran said that they are claiming for the world record through this event as more than 5000 students had taken oath for not consuming tobacco products.

“We are now planning for organising a national-level event so that the wave against tobacco continues and hit the targeted audience effectively,” Dr Taran said.

Debanjana enthrals audience

Runner-up of Indian Idol Junior, Debanjana enthralled the audience by her melodious performance on various Bollywood hits. The audience remained spellbound for more than two hours with Debanjana’s voice on hit numbers like ‘Taare Zamin Par’ and ‘Zoobi Doobi.’ Students, who gathered with the aim to take pledge for not consuming tobacco, gave a standing ovation to the rising star.

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