Consumers' Legal Protection Forum along with Consumer VOICE, New Delhi, organised a "cyclothon" on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day in Guwahati on Tuesday, with a call to strengthen tobacco control laws to save lives.
The event, held in association with Cycling Association of Assam and Guwahati Cycling Community was graced by Assam chief minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, who interacted with the participants. More than 300 young cyclists participated in the cyclothon starting from Khanapara to Ulubari and back to Khanapara.
During the event, an awareness drive was carried out by the young cyclists with a call to strengthen tobacco control laws to save lives, implement vendor licensing in Assam, amend the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003 (COTPA 2003) and remove designated smoking areas (DSA).
In their speech, the dignitaries referred to the recent global youth tobacco survey, while pointing out that nearly one fifth of students aged between 13 and 15 years are using tobacco products in India.Earlier, a flag-off ceremony was organised in front of the Veterinary College field, Khanapara, which was attended by principal secretary (health) Abhinash Joshi; inspector general of police (CID) Debraj Upadhaya; B. Borooah Cancer Institute director, Dr A. C. Kataki; deputy commissioner of taxes Phuleswar Basumatary and North East Cancer Institute and Research Centre director Dr Munindra Narayan Baruah.
In their speech, the dignitaries referred to the recent global youth tobacco survey, while pointing out that nearly one fifth of students aged between 13 and 15 years are using tobacco products in India. They appealed to observe everyday as "No Tobacco Day'', while elucidating how tobacco causes cancer.
Consumers' Legal Protection Forum secretary Ajoy Hazarika, and Cycling Association of Assam secretary Tapan Das moderated the event where the participants pledged to create a tobacco-free society.