Government should hike sales tax on tobacco, say students
Hundreds took part in the events organised to observe World No Tobacco Day here on Friday. Students from dental colleges figured prominently in the processions and human chains held in the city.
Chief Executive Officer of the Gulbarga Zilla Panchayat Pallavi Akurathi inaugurated a rally by government doctors and students of Al-Badaar Dental College at the District Hospital. She appealed to people to give up smoking and chewing tobacco. District Health and Family Welfare Officer Sajjanshetty and District Surgeon Nalini Namoshi were among those who participated in the rally.
Students of the Al-Badaar Dental College, carrying placards, organised a human chain at Jagat Circle, while S. Nijalingappa Institute of Dental Science and Research organised held a similar event at Sardar Vallabhai Patel Chowk.
Students of dental colleges demanded that the government take up anti-smoking public awareness campaigns. All educational institutions, both private and government-run, should be declared tobacco-free zones immediately, they said.
They also wanted the government to increase the sales tax on tobacco. The Gulbarga chapter of the Indian Red Cross Society organised a poster-making competition for the youth on tobacco chewing/smoking and its ill-effects.
Students demand hike in sales tax on tobacco