9 days Awareness Against Tobacco by Pathik held

The event continued with 2 days of workshops for healthcare workers and counsellors and many more other events

A well known non-governmental organisation named Pathik, organised a nine days awarenesses program against tobacco in association with Dr. Bhubaneswar Baruah Cancer institute, Anupam Jeevan, SMC'89, Consumer Right's Organization, Jana Swaraj, Gauhati Artist Guild and Topcem. Starting with a Cyclathon on 22nd May, the event continued with 2 days of workshops for healthcare workers and counsellors, essay competitions, poster competitions, debate competitions, motivational speeches, a state level art competition and was followed by the main mass awareness Walkathon on 29th May.
An18 km long Cyclathon was flagged off by the Director of BBCI, Dr. Amal Ch. Kataki, at 7.00 am morning from the BBCI ground where 100 cyclists from Guwahati's cycle community as well as common people followed the slogan, "Choose life not Tobacco, Tobacco kills". The cyclathon ended at GMC ground Dispur. The 2 day workshop on the ill-effects of tobacco and its control were resourced by Dr. Ashok Kr. Das, Dr. Manigreeva Krishnatreya, Dr. Tasnin Rehman, Dr. Srabana Misra Bhagabati and Victor Rajkumar at BBCI accademic hall.
The program at the BCCI
Image: The program at the BCCI
The 2 day workshop on the ill-effects of tobacco and its control were resourced by Dr. Ashok Kr. Das, Dr Manigreeva Krishnatreya, Dr. Tasnin Rehman, Dr. Srabana Misra Bhagabati and Victor Rajkumar at BBCI accademic hall.
On 27th May, a Motivational speech titled, "Daily work stress cannot be the only solution of addiction" was given by R. J. Pallavi and Trideep Bhagawati, which was followed by a debate competition on the subject. 60 debaters took part in the competition and Bhrigu Kumar Misra was selected as the best debater from amongst them.
For the online essay and poster competitions, a total of 139 posters and essays were collected. On 29th May, the main anti tobacco walkathon was flagged of at 7.00 am morning from Nehru Stadium by the director of BBCI, Dr. A C Kataki, commissioner of labour department, Anamika Tiwari, chair person of women cell of All India Dental Association (AIDA), Dr. Rubi Kataki and  assistant transport commissioner, Gautam Das. The 7 km walkathon witnessed the participation of 180 Assam police cadets with their commanders, film and music celebrities, sports personalities, teachers, college students and the  general public.
A glimpse of the event from the stadium
Image: A glimpse of the event from the stadium
A total of 1100 certificates were distributed among the walkathon participants. The state level art competition was held at Sharddhanjali kanan at 11.00 on 29th May and was inaugurated by artists Aminul Haque and Gyanendra Kakoti. 260 participants took part in the anti - tobacco awareness art competition which was organized into 4 groups. The winners received a memento, certificate and cash prizes. The 9 day awareness drive against tobacco ended with the closing ceremony on 31st May on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day.



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