J&K: Students take out rally against use of tobacco

Srinagar: Dozens of students here on Monday held a rally against the increasing use of tobacco and psychotropic drugs mostly among the teenagers in the Valley on the World No-Tobacco Day.

Uniform-clad students, carrying placards and banners, took out a march on the Residency Road, the commercial hub in the heart of the city, before ending their rally at the Mushtaq Enclave.

The students were shouting slogans against the use of tobacco.

"We want to tell the people that cigarette smoking and use of (psychotropic) drugs is not beneficial for their health.

It causes cancer and endangers an entire generation," a student from south Kashmir's Pampore town, Nasir Bashir, said.

The World Health Organisation observes the day on May 31 each year, highlighting health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating policies to reduce consumption.

There has been a spurt in the number of drug abusers throughout the Kashmir Valley, with people falling prey at an early age.

Recently, police claimed to have cleared Awantipora region in south Kashmir, infamous for its production of poppy and cannabis crop.

More than two dozen major drug dealers and peddlers have been arrested in the Awantipora region in the past one year.