Need to sensitize masses about ill effects of tobacco use

Need to sensitize masses about ill effects of tobacco use

Ziro, Dec 6: ADC, Ziro Nending Chatung said that amidst the sky-rocketing rise in use of tobacco products it is the need of the hour to sensitize the common masses about the ill effects of tobacco consumption.

The alarming rate of loss of life in every 40 seconds because of tobacco related diseases is a serious health issue and the initiative by the Govt to control the consumption is “a welcome step”, he said while chairing the first district level coordination meeting of Tobacco Control Cell held in the office chamber of DC, Lower Subansiri here today.

Every block in the district shall arrange awareness programs involving traders, school teachers and PRI members for effective enforcement of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act (COPTA). The district administration will issue an executive order for implementation of relevant COPTA clauses, which shall be enforced by the enforcement team and monitored regularly by the flying squad,” the ADC added and directed the District Programming Officer for NTCP (National Tobacco Control Program) Dr Subu Habung to initiate the formation of the Enforcement and the Flying Squads.

Participating in the program, SP Bomge Kamduk suggested for displaying hoardings outside all the shops that sell tobacco products. He assured to extend all possible assistance from the Police Department in enforcing the COPTA and at the same time appealed for cooperation from all other agencies in effectively controlling tobacco consumption and thereby improving the social health indicators.

DMO Dr Tage Kano said that communicable diseases have been to a great extent controlled through various health programs by the Govt, but non-communicable diseases could result for 70% of human deaths, which is totally alarming.  Therefore, diseases specially related to tobacco that can be prevented, should be taken care of; he added and also vouched for sensitization on massive scale.

SPO (NTCP) Dr Biman Natung presented a power-point on COPTA and tobacco consumption related health issues. He emphasized on the role of teachers and educationists in creating awareness amongst the students. He also assured to provide funds for mobilization of flying squads and the awareness programs.

The meeting was also attended by Raga ADC Millo Kojin, ADC (Yachuli) JT Obi, DDSE Hibu Tama, Supdt (Tax & Excise) Punyo Yaje, MS Dr Kime Horming, representatives from NGOs and other officials. (DIPRO)

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