Kashmir: School students took out rally for ‘No Smoking’, exclusive pictures

Srinagar: Students of different schools of Kashmir valley on Wednesday took out a rally asking people to quit smoking and pay attention towards sports.

The students first assembled inside Pratap Park, Srinagar, and later marched through the streets of Lal Chowk asking people to quit smoking and incline towards sports for physical fitness.

Earlier, Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) has said that Jammu and Kashmir is fast emerging as the “smoking capital” of north India as J&K’s cigarette consumption is almost double the nationwide prevalence of 5.7 per cent.

According to the survey, 26.6% population of Jammu & Kashmir is using tobacco product in one or the other of its form. Among these, 41.6% are males and 10.3% females. The average age at daily initiation of tobacco use is 17.3 years in adults, 17.5 years in males and 14.9 years in females.