Posted on May 13, 2018

Qatar Cancer Society (QCS) awarded winners of World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) competition on Thursday. The contestants, who were from primary, secondary schools and Qatar University, were required to submit projects in art forms or videos, depicting the harmful effects of smoking. On the sidelines of the event, there was a display of various projects that were submitted by the institutions highlighting the dangers of tobacco to the human body.

The WNTD is marked annually on May 31 with this year edition focusing on ‘Tobacco and heart disease’. Speaking to media persons, QCS Health Educator Rahaf Wafsi said that, every month, they raise awareness about a particular cancer while following the World Health Organisation (WHO). “We are doing this campaign of WNTD to raise the awareness in the community about the importance of quitting smoking, effects of active and passive smoking,” Wafsi said.

According to her, several public and private schools, Qatar University and organisations participated in the project. The campaign will continue until the end of May. Pearl School (Al Thumama branch) got the first prize in the primary school category. The project was done by five students. “The students did an excellent job and they depicted a clear picture of the dangers of smoking to the human body. They clearly depict their ideas in pictures. We really feel honoured that we got the first prize in the primary school category,” said Pearl School, Al Thumama, Activity Coordinator Thulasi Damodaran. Palestinean School and Shantiniketan Indian School came sec ond and third respectively in the primary school category. Middle East International School came first in the high school category.

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The school project was a 3-D which depicted how part of the brain and part of the lung are damaged because of smoking. Liana Spanou-Zanti, art teacher at the schools, said: “The project was done by Year 12 students. We wanted to show how smoking is dangerous.” The Next Generation School came second in the high school category. The project was done by grade 8 students who submitted a project featuring a gigantic cigarette. Beside the cigar, there were a number of platforms on various heights representing how much these things are affected by smoking particularly passive smoking. “We showed how lungs are affected. We tried to include children, adults and plants among others and showed how all these are affected by smoke. We showed how smoke is dangerous to that particular organ or plant,” said Yumna Akmal, a grade 8 student at the school.

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THE General Directorate of Civil Defence carried out 16 mock fire drills in major buildings and facilities across the country. It issued 10,207 licences and permits to the public and institutions after meeting the safety requirements. During the first quarter of 2018, Al Fazaa’s patrols ‘The Rescue Police’ dealt with 10,759 reports. ‘Najm’ Security System of the National Command Center (NCC) monitored 6,768 complaints, with 93.7 percent of them related to traffic services and accidents. The departments of MoI continues to make efforts to implement the MoI's strategy (2018- 2022) to improve the quality of services and modernise its service system by taking advantage of the latest technologies, equipment and mechanisms, while achieving the highest quality and excellence.