Sandy Awareness Campaign In Odisha On The Occasion Of ‘World No Tobacco Day’

**Bhubaneswar: ** On the occasion of ‘World No Tobacco Day’, popular Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a sand art at Puri beach in Odisha for World No Tobacco Day. The sand art urges people to quit ‘Killer Tobacco’ that takes thousands of life every year.

Similarly, popular sand artist Manas Kumar Sahoo prepared a beautiful sand sculpture to mark ‘World No Tobacco Day’. Through the sand art, he tried to depict the harms of tobacco to heart and health. He requested the general masses to choose a healthy life over tobacco.

In the sand art, he sculpted a big weak heart due to the consumption of tobacco. The sculpture was 20 feet wide and made using 20 tonnes of sand in 7 hours.

Another similar sand art was made by artist Subala Moharana in front of Rabindra Mandap in Bhubaneswar. Moharana expressed deep concerns over the increasing trend of tobacco consumption, especially in youngsters and encouraged people to give up tobacco and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Police Commissioner Y.B. Khurania also issued an advisory and urged Individuals to stop the consumption of tobacco, which is a threat to human life. He also adjured the general masses to promote health and development by confronting the tobacco crisis.

Speaking to mediapersons, Police Commissioner Y.B. Khurania said, “Tobacco consumption is injurious to health. Despite wide-scale awareness regarding the ill-effects of tobacco, its consumption level has not yet reduced.”

“A healthy life cannot be imagined if one consumes tobacco. The Commissionerate Police will time and again organise awareness drives to inform people about the harms of tobacco,” he added.

Notably, every year on May 31, ‘World No Tobacco Day’ is observed to focus on the impact tobacco consumption has on the cardiovascular health of people. Tobacco use is an important risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular diseases.

A Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS-2) report shows India is the second largest consumer of tobacco products with 28.6 percent of the population addicted to it in some form. Of this, 10.7 percent smoke, and 21.4 percent use SLT (smoke-less tobacco). Of the 346 million global SLT consumers, India alone has 152.4 million consumers with a substantial increase across all age groups.

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