Indore: ‘Consuming tobacco is injurious to health, it may lead to cancer,’  is a vigorous slogan raised by the Government of India in an anti-tobacco campaign, which is dedicated to eradicate tobacco consumption from the country.

May 31 will be observed as ‘World No Tobacco Day’ designated by WHO as one of the most important health awareness day which highlights the health risk associated with tobacco. Every year numerous health awareness drives are taken out in the country in order to restrain people from consuming tobacco.

And, this year the Central Board of Secondary Education has taken up the responsibility to highlight and create awareness among students, staff, and community about this deadly habit.The Board has advised to conduct heterogeneous competitions in their schools like poster making, cartooning, essay writing, story writing, and quiz on the theme of ‘The harmful effects of Tobacco’ so that they can play their role in eradicating the menace.

The material of the quiz competition will be made available through ITMS from May 12. Top three entries submitted to the board before May 20 will be selected from each CBSE region by a distinguished panel of experts.

Winners of this nation wide competition will be awarded a certificate and a citation on World No Tobacco Day, May 31 in New Delhi.Schools have also been given an opportunity to create a 4-5 minute video with jingles conveying the harmful effects of tobacco and can upload it on CBSE you tube channel.

In the circular issued by CBSE, schools have been guided to ensure the implementation of ‘Section 6’ of Indian Tobacco Control Act COTPA 2005 which prohibits the sale of tobacco products in an area within the radius of 100 yards from any educational institution.

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