When Delhi University opens on July 21, the one thing that will be made crystal clear to freshers is that DU is a smoke-free campus. Large posters bearing anti-smoking messages will be put up across campus, seminars will be held and literature on the subject will be given to freshers. And, seniors will be enlisted to ensure that the fuchchas don’t get a chance to light up.
“We want all the new students to know from day one that the campus is smoke-free. Besides posters, we will also distribute pamphlets about the side-effects of smoking and passive smoking. This will create awareness amongst peer groups, who will know how smoking effects everyone,” says Anuradha Sharma, a professor at Hindu College. At Hansraj College, the ill effects of smoking will also be a major part of the orientation programme.
“This year, all 84 colleges will welcome students with banners that say that they are entering a smoke-free zone. Also, all timetables distributed to the freshers will reiterate the message,” says GR Khatri, president, World Lung Foundation (WLF) — South Asia. The WLF, along with DU and the Delhi Police, launched the smoke-free campus initiative in 2006.
This year, freshers will be invited to sign up with DU’s tobacco brigade as nodal officers. “The no-smoking brigade will roam the campus and inform students that they will be fined R200 if they are caught smoking,” says IS Bakshi, principal, Dyal Singh College.
The Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) has created a poster that says ‘Quit Smoking, One cigarette swallows 7 mins of life’. This will be posted on the bulletin boards of colleges. “On day one, we’ll also distribute literature on the harmful effects of smoking,” says Basant Jha, presidential advisor, DUSU.
No smoking measures
Posters across campus will announce that DU is a smoke-free campus
The timetables given to freshers will also have no-smoking messages
Freshers will be fined Rs 200 if caught smoking
Orientation programmes will include no-smoking talks
World Lung Foundation will conduct seminars for freshers