World no tobacco day is observed around the world every year on 31st May and is intended to encourage abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption and awareness of its hazards around the globe . The WHO theme differing every year designated its theme as “TOBACCO -THREAT TO DEVELOPMENT” for 2017 .This day was observed by the students and staff of SRM Kattankulathur dental college and hospital across the kanchipuram district with zeal who rendered their service for the cause .The event was inaugurated by the dean and vice principal by addressing the participants for the awareness rally consisting of 150 -200 students who marched carrying play cards from Guduvanchery to SRM Kattankulathur Dental College and Hospital depicting the ill effects of smoking and tobacco .
Multiple cultural programmes included interesting street play which was applauded by all. Team of doctors and students, through models, posters, audiovisual display and initiation of No tobacco cessation clinic for counseling patients explained the hazardous effects of tobacco. Tobacco affects 7 million people globally every year out of which India accounts to nearly one fifth. It is being done with the hope that every health care professional plays a major role in curbing the effects caused by tobacco and by working together we can beat tobacco, Protect health, reduce poverty and promote development. The ultimate goal of this rally was to protect the present and future generations not only from the consequences of using tobacco but also against social, environmental and social scourges of tobacco use.