With a motive to spread awareness against tobacco use and its ill-effects, students and teachers of government schools in the state will take a pledge that they will not to consume tobacco in their life.
Before going into holidays on June 1, in a joint effort of the Punjab health and family welfare department and education department, hundreds of students and teachers will take the pledge on 'No Tobacco Day' on May 31.
The health authorities have taken the decision, witnessing the trend of tobacco consumption, in one form or the other, among students in the 13-16 year age group.
Sangrur deputy commissioner Kumar Rahul said the district education department has been acquainted with the fresh orders of the director, health department, regarding the pledge. The department has been told to ensure the implementation of the directions in schools across the district, the DC said.
Rahul added that same directions would be further passed on to private educational institutions.
"It is a positive move as besides spreading mass awareness against the use of tobacco, it would also make young students aware of the repercussions of tobacco consumption on their and their parents' lives," the DC said.
Notably, the same instructions had already implemented in the schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
However, district health officer Dr Surinder Singla said such activities would help reduce cases of mouth cancer and other diseases, which are caused by intake of tobacco, in future.
"It is very important to make youngsters, especially students from upper primary to senior secondary school, aware of the need to stay away from any form of tobacco as several reports and surveys have revealed that teenagers consume tobacco more than any other age group," Singla said.
He added that the move will help students to persuade their parents, who were addicted to tobacco, to shun the habit.