To commemorate World No Tobacco Day 2009, IPH in collaboration with the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI), a District Anti Tobacco Cell for Bangalore Urban district, organized a poster competition where more than 30 colorful posters were prepared by students of pre-university and university level. Students prepared these drawings on various themes related to tobacco such as pictorial health warnings, smoke-free environments, ill effects of tobacco etc. These posters were judged by independent panel of artists and health experts. Students were awarded best poster prizes by guest dignitaries.
Mr. Sivaram (a famous director, producer and comedian of kannada film industry) who have begged the national awards attended the event as chief guest while Dr. Prakash (Additional project director, KSAPS and a state level nodal person for tobacco control), Mr. Pujar (Joint Director – Academic, Pre University Education Department), and Dr. Subhash (Dean cum director of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute) attended the function as dignitaries and appealed the audience for active tobacco control efforts.