Agence India Press
New-Delhi: India is a young nation. This is what a survey conducted in the recent past has claimed. According to the survey, almost 70 per cent of the population of India comprises the young adults.
However, the menace of smoking and drug addiction common amongst youth is ruining youthfulness of nation. Walk around any college premises today and you would be stunned. Students apart, even girls smoke in and around the campus. The smoking craze is picking up fast and a good chunk of teenagers are also smoking vigorously.
There is no denying the fact that smoking destroys the youthfulness. Drug addiction, yet another menace is also common among today’s youth. Mostly home sick youth sitting idle or victims of frustration also resort to drugs.
Time and again smoking at public places has been banned by authorities but people especially youth smoke in open without any fear or embarrassment. Ironically sometimes students smoke right under the nose of ‘’No Smoking’’ signs displayed in every department and other parts of campus. Health ministry has asked educational institutions to display the sing boards mentioning “’No Smoking’’
When asked for his comments, dean of a reputed institute had this to say, “We are doing whatever possible to curb this menace. If anyone is found guilty, strict action is taken against him/her, but we can’t keep vigil on each student all the times”
One may agree with the statement of officer as we even found members of faculty throwing away stubs here and there. Vendors selling wafers, beverages and runners of tea stalls, whose number keeps on swelling in educational institutions, are largely believed to be the source of supply of cigarettes and drugs to the students.
Often during the break time and also after college timing is over, groups of students can be seen discussing trivial issues to world politics over a ‘fag’.
S K Jain a psychologist while talking to Agence India press says, “This habit culminates in a child majorly at the onset of teenage. They think this will make them look stylish in front of their friends and make them one up amongst them, the peer pressure is a major reason for them, sometimes they are introduced to this by their friends themselves and often the students take this route to vent their frustration. Sometimes even the parents who smoke become the reason and children imitate them when they grow up. Later it becomes a habit”
After effects of smoking lead to bronchitis and sometimes fatal diseases like cancer. Besides the ‘No Smoking’ bills displayed in college, Health Ministry is mulling other measures to curb this menace.
There are rehabilitation centres to help the addicts to leave the habit. There are few medicines also which, if taken regularly can help in de-addiction.
Inspite of all this, the need of the hour is to spread awareness amongst the college goers and others. The focus of the awareness should be to apprise the smokers about the hazards of smoking which slowly kills a smoker. Let’s do it-No Smoking!
We must know, each cigarette we smoke, we spoil four minutes of life.
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