Students say 'no to tobacco'

Students from Manav Rachna Dental College (MRDC) recently organised a rally to spread awareness on World No Tobacco day. MRDC in association with Metro Heart Institute organised this rally where more than 700 students were a part of this cause. The students propagated key messages like ‘quit smoking’, ‘tobacco or health’, etc.

The one-hour long rally was followed by a symposium on ‘tobacco free state’ where the key faculty members of the department urged the students to quit tobacco consumption and live a healthy life. “Today, it is a fashion amongst students to smoke. Everyone is largely aware of the ill-effects of tobacco but still can’t get over this habit”, said Dr Arundeep Singh, Principal, MRDC. “It requires a great deal of effort to chuck this addiction and the youth should have conviction in themselves and not get carried away by peer pressure of any kind”, he added.

Addressing the student at the symposium, Dr OP Bhalla, Chancellor, Manav Rachna Educational Institutes (MREI) said, “On this day all youngsters should pledge to give up tobacco consumption in any form. We should try to create awareness amongst all about the ill-effects of tobacco.”

The symposium ended with a colourful skit played by the students of MRDC. The main idea was to insist upon the ill-effects of smoking and encourage people to reduce and quit both active and passive smoking which leads to heart disease, stroke, mouth cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and is the number one cause of preventable death worldwide.

During the rally, the students were seen holding banners and placards with various slogans like -- ‘smoking destroys environment’, ‘every eight seconds one person dies from tobacco use’, ‘tobacco use makes you impotent’, etc. Students were also seen raising slogans on tobacco use and spread awareness about its ill-effects.

The placards carried out by the students displayed facts on harmful effects of tobacco and how youngsters get addicted to smoking and lose their life at an early stage.

Manav Rachna Educational Institutions (MREI), founded in 1997, has grown to become one of the best education entities and have built a reputation for excellence in professional education and research. MREI now encompasses Manav Rachna International University, a deemed to be University under section 3 of UGC Act, 1956, Manav Rachna College of Engineering, Manav Rachna Dental College, M R College of Education, Manav Rachna International Schools with emphasis on employable technical and soft skills including communication, team building and leadership, positive attitude and belief in self.

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