On the occasion of “World No- Tobacco Day” 31st May 2014, an awareness program on the ill effects of tobacco use was organized at Bramhashree Narayana Guru ITI College, Katipalla, Surathkal, Mangalore under the combined auspices of Dept. of Public Health Dentistry & Dept. of Periodontics, Srinivas Institute of Dental Sciences, Mukka, Mangalore in association with Indian Society of Periodontology (ISP). Prof.(Dr.) Manoj Varma, Dean, who was the Chief Guest inuagrated the programme.Sri P. Sadu Poojary, President of ITI College presided over the Mr. Hemanth, i/c Principal of ITI College, Dr. Sharath K.S. Head, Dept. of Periodontics, Dr. Bennete Fernandes, the National Convener for No-Toabcco Day” celebration of Indian Society of Periodontology (ISP) were present to conduct this Dr. Priyadarshini, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry briefed the students about the harmful effects of tobacco use. This was followed by a free Oral Check-Up Camp.
There was also a “Signatory Campaign” done as a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Karnataka by the doctors of Srinivas Medical and Dental Colleges to increase the taxes on tobacco and its products, in keeping with the W.H.O. theme of this year. Sri A. Srinivas Rao, the Vice-President. Shama Rao Foundation inaugurated the campaign with his signature.