The NSS and Youth Red Cross Units of the College has organized a “World No Tobacco Day” on 31st May, 2023. Dr. Gopal Surupur, Gadag District Survey Unit Consultant, National Tobacco Control Cell was the Chief Guest of the programme. In his address he spoke about the co-operation of the youth is necessary to build a tobacco free society and students should take initiative to inform others about the ill effects of tobacco on health and society.

Dr. Gopal Surpur highlighted the theme of year 2023 ie. “We need food, not tobacco” that, intends to get tobacco producers to adopt sustainable and nutritious crops by providing awareness concerning marketing options and production alternatives. In addition, the theme focuses on exposing the efforts of the tobacco industry’s sabotage initiatives to replace tobacco with sustainable crops, leading to the global food crisis.

In his address he highlighted the different forms of consumption of tobacco, including Guthakha, Pan Masala, beedi-cigarattes, which are not only harmful to health but also endanger to the life. Inspite of increase in death rate by tobacco, the amount of consumption has not been decreased yet. Now a day’s young men including women addicted to foreign cigarettes and it becomes a life style for them. They are ruining their health as well as the health of others.

He highlighted important provisions of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003. As per Sec 4 of the Act, the tobacco products consumption and sale of tobacco is prohibited in public places, such as bus stands, schools, colleges, and government offices, cinema hall and other places. If anyone found guilty, it is punishable offence under the Act.

Dr. S. R. Patil, President of the programme and Principal spoke in his presidential address that, May, 31st has been declared as “World No Tobacco Day” by the World Health Organization to create awareness among the public about the ill effects of tobacco consumption on health.

The programme was followed by rally which commenced from the college and went through the main streets of the Gadag city including hatalgeri Naka and Chetana Canteen. In the rally Volunteers of Youth Red Cross and N.S.S. unit, NSS Programme Officer teaching and non teaching staffs and students were present.

The programme commenced with invocation song by Miss Chaitra Goudar, 1st year LL.B. student. Dr. C. B. Ranagattimath, Programme officer of NSS and Youth Red Cross Unit introduced the Chief Guest and welcomed the gathering. Dr. Vijay V. Muradande, IQAC Coordinator proposed the vote of thanks. Mr. Basavaraj Ganji, 2nd year LL.B. student & secretary of NSS was the master of ceremony.