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Walk that Mile to Stop Tobacco: An Awareness Effort

An aware citizenry is an active citizenry and exactly that we had gotten to witness when more than 700 citizens - young and old, took part in a walkathon with a slogan to “make Guwahati a Tobacco free city” for the first time in Guwahati.

Consumers’ Legal Protection Forum, Assam and Consumer VOICE, New Delhi in association with Pathik organized this Walkathon to “make Guwahati a Tobacco free city” from Hiteswar Saikia College (City College), Sixmile to Ganesh Mandir Indoor Stadium, Khanapara via Veterinary College U-turn on Tuesday morning.

The 5-km walkathon was organized on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day. The purpose of the Walkathon was to sensitization of stakeholder and creating awareness among people for effective tobacco control measures to protect the young generation from tobacco menace and make Guwahati a Tobacco-free city

According to Global Adults Tobacco Survey, in Assam 25.3% of men, 0.8% of women and 13.3% of all adults currently smoke tobacco. 50.5% of men and 32.5% of women and 41.7% of all adults currently use smokeless tobacco. The mean age at initiation of tobacco use has increased from 18.1 percent to 18.5 percent. When tobacco use in the country decreased from 34.6 per to 28.6 percent, in Assam, it increased from 39.3 percent to 48.2 percent.

The Walkathon started at 7 am with the Flag off by Assam police CID ADGP Dr. L.R. Bishnoi; Debeswar Malakar, Commissioner, Guwahati Municipal Corporation; Dr. Amal Chandra Kataki, Director, Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute, Dr. Arundhuti Deka, State Nodel Officer, State Tobacco Control Cell, Akash Pradhan, Sr. Executive, Assam Cancer Care Foundation at the Hiteswar Saikia College field where more than 700 School and College Students, Teachers, Eminent Personalities, Celebrities, Women Organizations, Civil Societies, Consumer organizations, Police and Govt. Officials, Senior Citizens participated.

The Walkathon was followed by an awareness meeting at Ganesh Mandir Indoor Stadium, Khanapara to create awareness against tobacco among the young generation. Participants took oath not to use tobacco and tobacco-related products in whole life at the end of awareness meeting.

Is this going to go a long way into creating much needed awareness? What do you think? Share and comment @ManuheManuhorbabe1 on Twitter and on Facebook.


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