Ten per cent of Mumbai’s population generates 14,70,000 square metres of spit every day. The students of Wilson College are not the only ones astounded by this figure but they are among the few people who seem to be doing something to change it.
‘Thoo You Care?’ is the brainchild of five Wilson students, who are aiming to spread awareness about the ill effects of spitting in public places. “Spitting annoys everyone, but nobody takes the effort to do anything about it. Hopefully, we’ve set the ball rolling,” says Leron D’Souza (19). The campaign took off on August 18 and will conclude today.
Be the change
As part of the campaign, the students have launched a blog, a Facebook group, Twitter handle and YouTube channel, all of which are being updated daily. An on-campus activity was also held, where students showed their support by pinning ‘I Care’ tags on a large cloth. Amidst music and games, the students spread the word about the ill effects of spitting in public places. They also distributed small spittoons made of paan leaves.
“It’s disgusting to see that some people don’t even have basic civic sense. We aren’t demanding that people stop spitting. They just need to do it in the right places, like basins and spittoons,” says Stacy Fernandes (19).
Apart from spreading the information orally, the students have put up hoardings and banners highlighting the harmful nature of this activity. Sean Sequeira (19) says, “As college students, an awareness campaign is the best we can aim at. Maybe down the line we can tie up with an NGO,” he hopes.
TB bacteria can survive in sunlight for two hours and for six to eight months in dried spit. Gutkha and tobacco chewers spit five times more than others.
1000+ people die of TB in India every day.