Say no

By Marisa de Silva

The ‘World No Tobacco Day Campaign’ organised by Sewalanka Foundation in collaboration with Concern World Wide Global and the National Cancer Control Programme is billed to be quite a “large” affair.

A giant cigarette, measuring about five meters, with a medical message regarding the adverse effects of tobacco use written on it, will be driven in an old vehicle all the way from Hambantota to the Maharagama Cancer Hospital from May 28 – 31, in commemoration of World No Tobacco Day.

During the journey from Hambantota to Colombo, there will also be a few awareness raising events organised in Matara, Galle and Kalutara.

As part of the journey of the “symbolic cigarette,” a book will be available for the public to write their comments in, and will also have a poster campaign, illustrating the negative affects of smoking, and introducing alternatives.

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