panaji: May 31, 2017 … The South Goa District Collector, Shri Swapnil Naik, IAS, flagged off a rally to observe the World No Tobacco Day from the District Collectorate office, Margao, today.  May 31 is observed as the World No Tobacco Day. The theme for this year is “Tobacco – A threat to development”.

 Shri Naik speaking informally highlighting the various ill effects of Tobacco stressed the need to create the required awareness among the people to have the desired results.

 He said “Punitive actions do not help all the time.  We need to convince the people to give up the habits of tobacco.  For this we need to create awareness on this front.”

 He said South Goa District which has worked tirelessly to make it Smoke Free has been putting in lot of efforts to maintain it by initiating actions as per COTPA apart from creating awareness programmes all throughout the year.

The rally was organised by the District Administration in association with Urban Health Centre, Margao, National Tobacco Control Programme, Nehru Yuva Kendra and Goa Can.

Students of various institutions participated in the rally.   Street plays at prominent places were also presented by these students.

Dr. Doreen Dias, members of GOACAN and other government officials participated in the rally