The District Tobacco Control Cell (DTCC), Dimapur organised a training programme on the implementation of Tobacco Free Educational Institutions (ToFEI). The training program was attended by various teachers and officers from the various departments of Police and School Education at the conference hall of the district hospital in Dimapur.
In a press release, DTCC, Dimapur informed that the two resource persons present at the programme were the additional director of Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) and state nodal officer of NTCP, Dr. C Tetseo and DTCC consultant Linoka K Seoni. In the programme, Dr. C. Tetseo highlighted the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in the implementation of the ToFEI initiative and tobacco control. He also informed about the directives passed by the Department of School Education (DoSE) on the mandatory display of signboards near educational institutions "sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products within 100 meters of the educational institution is prohibited and punishable offence under COTPA 2003".
The Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) 2019, showed that 43% of boys and 24% of girls consume tobacco products in NagalandDr. Tetseo also introduced the Tobacco-Free Nagaland App to the participants and informed them that educational institutions could use the self-evaluation scorecard to declare the school tobacco-free and also to report violations of COTPA 2003 on the app.
Meanwhile, DTCC consultant Linoka K Seoni briefed the participants about cigarettes and other tobacco products act (COTPA) 2003 and the burden of tobacco use in the state. She informed that the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) 2019, showed that 43% of boys and 24% of girls consume tobacco products in Nagaland.
The training programme was chaired by the district nodal officer, District Tobacco Control Cell Dimapur, Dr. Reyosalu Lase Vizo and was attended by officials from the department of District Education office, police and teachers.