Wednesday 26th April 2017 was set aside as the career orientation day for students of the Victor Hugo Secondary and High School in Yaoundé. On that occasion, some 15 university institutions in Cameroon were invited to sensitize the students on their offers and benefits.
Realizing the problem of heavy consumption of tobacco and other drugs by students, the school authority invited the Cameroonian Coalition for Tobacco Control to this occasion, to sensitize participants on tobacco related issues.
The C3T team sensitized the (senior) officials who represented these 15 institutions, together with the staff and students of the Victor Hugo Secondary and High School on the dangers of tobacco consumption. The coalition also highlighted tactics used by the tobacco industry to lure young people into smoking.
The sensitization exercise was an opportunity to discuss with the principal of the institution advocating his support for the adoption of texts aimed at protecting students against the marketing tactics of the industry.
To better relay the message, a presentation was made by C3T at the opening ceremony, and an exhibition stand was set up, where participants had the opportunity to meet the coalition team and discuss on a more personal basis. Posters showing the harmful effects of smoking on health were featured on the site.
The exhibition stand was visited by representatives of the invited University institutions, staff and students of the Victor Hugo institution, as well as parents. Participants appreciated the C3T initiative and the head of the establishment showed proof of his willingness to be a partner in the Protection of the Cameroonian youth from the tobacco industry.