1st Sep, Kalyani Singh , 2008 :As a part of the ongoing Awareness and Sensitization Programme on the hazards of use of tobacco being run by the Chandigarh Administration, Govt. Home Science College, Chandigarh organized a presentation to enlighten the students on the dreadful consequences of indulging into the use of tobacco in the form of smoking and chewing tobacco. Dr. Vineet from the Tobacco Cessation Centre under the Drug Deaddiction Centre, Department of Psychiatry, P.G.I. made an effective presentation which included information on high incidence of consumption of tobacco in South East Asia, largely in India and alarming indulgence in Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana. The toxic components, their damage on the body especially on lungs leading to cancer of respiratory tract, the effects of passive smoking on children and pregnant women were presented in the form of slides to appraise the audience.
Various remedial measures including medicinal and behavioural therapies using psychosocial and cognitive assessment were suggested to be practiced to help the addicts quit smoking. The students could contact the Centre at Room No. 3, Tobacco Cessation Centre (Drug Deaddiction and Rehabilitation. The Principal of the college, Dr. Mrs. Rita G. Singh on behalf of the college assured full support to the campaign. The students of the college promised their best efforts to make Chandigarh a smoke free city.