Members of the protection groups under the Save a Teenager scheme of the National Service Scheme (NSS) will play a major role in helping their friends stay away from tobacco. These specially trained students will act as mentors to discourage fellow students from the use of drugs and tobacco. In the first phase of the scheme, under the Department of Vocational Higher Secondary Education, awareness campaigns were organised in various schools.

While in CBSE schools, the anti-drugs and anti-tobacco clubs, which were formed last year, will continue to strengthen their reach among children. All students would continue the tradition of taking the ‘Anti-tobacco’ pledge in the school assembly, an official of the Kerala CBSE School Management Association said. The Kerala State Youth Welfare Board will organise street plays and awareness campaigns in colleges and public places to strengthen the drive against the use of tobacco and drugs.