World No Tobacco Day 2018 was celebrated by the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences Healthcare Campus with a number of programs. A commitment was made towards “Tobacco Free Kochi” by ATMA (Anti Tobacco movement At Amrita) and the student organisations of the campus like AYUDH. The MBBS, BDS, Nursing and other college students organised various awareness and cultural programs. A walkathon was conducted as part of the World No Tobacco Day. All the students of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, doctors and social workers participated in the walkathon. The anti tobacco movement program was inaugurated by Sri. Venugopal G. Kurup, SP, NCB, Kerala . Anti smoking pledge was taken by Dr. Col. Vishal Marwaha, Principal, Amrita School of Medicine; Dr. Vijayakumar, Professor, Department of Cardiology and Dr. Akhilesh K., Associate Professor, Pulmonary Medicine. Pranav Nair and Azhna Nizar, MBBS students spoke on the occasion.
There were also other programs conducted in Kochi. As part of World No Tobacco Day, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi and Amrita Urban Health Center, Kaloor along with Thevara Police Station conducted several programs in Kochi. Circle Inspector Sibi Tom inaugurated the function in Thevara Police Station premises. Dr. Akhilesh K., Associate Professor, Pulmonary Medicine; Sri Thankachan; Ratheesh, Health Inspector addressed the gathering. An anti-smoking pledge was administered by Dr. Akhilesh. Free pulmonary function test, leaflets, and antitobacco badges were distributed.