Over 5,000 children took pledge against the use of tobacco at Emerald Heights International School on Wednesday.
A campaign titled ‘Rakshak’ was launched on the occasion, under which school students will form a group and oppose smoking and use of tobacco in the society.
District collector Akash Tripathi, along with other officials and senior doctors from the city including Dr Digpal Dharkar and Dr Madhav Hasnani, attended the function.
The programme emphasised on raising awareness about the ill-effects of tobacco. Madhya Pradesh Voluntary Health Association (MPVHA) members attended the programme. The students were sensitised about the ill-effects of tobacco. The teachers and principals of the schools participating in the programme were briefed about the anti-smoking law.
Mukesh Sinha, director, MPVHA, informed about the section 6 (a) and (b) of the anti-tobacco act.
“The first part of the section states that individuals below the age of 18 should not be handed over tobacco-related products. This is not followed at all. While the other part states that there should not be any shop selling tobacco within 100 yards of the school, which again is not followed,” Sinha said.