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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

Students urged to be away from tobacco smoking if wanted to excel in studies and become healthy and useful citizens - Professor Carlo Fonseka

By Manjari Peiris

Professor Carlo Fonseka, the Chairman of National Authority on Tobacco & Alcohol participating as the chief guest at an event held at Ananda College, Colombo on 31st May to mark the World No Tobacco Day, advised the students to be away from tobacco smoking, if they want to excel in their studies and become healthy and useful citizens of this country.

The theme for this year was “Ban Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship” and this event was organized by the Cancer Care Association in collaboration with Jeewaka Foundation. Professor Fonseka added; “Your intelligence becomes blunt and you will be impotent and physically weak, if you initiate smoking. Always be away from this lethal and useless product.”

President, Cancer Care Association, Dr. Samadhi Wishvanath Rajapaksa, who himself is an old Anandian mentioned the students that three deaths occur a day in the country due to oral cancer, the risk factor being tobacco chewing.

Every day 50-70 people die of tobacco related diseases in Sri Lanka. The tobacco industry is targeting youth and students to replace the dead customers, which is a vicious attempt. Dr. Rajapaksa advised the students; “My advice to you all Anandians is to be away from tobacco smoking and those who smoke around you. Speak out for your right to be free from tobacco smoke anywhere in this country. Prevent your elders from tobacco smoking.”

Dr. Samadhi emphasized the young Anandians, it is fools only who would take up the habit of smoking. “If you have your common sense, you should be able to not become a prey to the tobacco industry. Do not get attracted to their indirect promotions or sponsorships. You will become an idiot, ugly and old looking if you smoke. Shun the habit.”

“Anandians should have the backbone to not become a slave to the tobacco industry. Engage in your studies well and become useful citizens to the country for which you must be a non-smoker.”

At this event Dr. Samadhi presented Professor Carlo Fonseka a plaque in recognition of the great service and contribution that he has been rendering to this country as a most respected, honoured and senior medical professor.

The Principal, Ananda College, Mr. Kithsiri Liyanagamage advised the students to be careful from those who try to entice them for this habit and appreciated the initiative taken by these two organizations.

- Asian Tribune -

Students urged to be away from tobacco smoking if wanted to excel in studies and become healthy and useful citizens   - Professor Carlo Fonseka
Students urged to be away from tobacco smoking if wanted to excel in studies and become healthy and useful citizens   - Professor Carlo Fonseka
Students urged to be away from tobacco smoking if wanted to excel in studies and become healthy and useful citizens   - Professor Carlo Fonseka
Students urged to be away from tobacco smoking if wanted to excel in studies and become healthy and useful citizens   - Professor Carlo Fonseka
Students urged to be away from tobacco smoking if wanted to excel in studies and become healthy and useful citizens   - Professor Carlo Fonseka
Students urged to be away from tobacco smoking if wanted to excel in studies and become healthy and useful citizens   - Professor Carlo Fonseka
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