Nagaland has once again shown a move of excellence by launching smoke-free campaigns in its 3 districts of the state. The smoke-free campaigns which were started in 3 districts of Nagaland are-- Tuensang, Mon and Mokokchung.
All three of the smoke-free campaigns were held at the conference room of the district's Deputy Commissioners' (DC). Kumar Ramnikant who is the Deputy Commissioner of Tuensang said that it is not just the primary consumer who is affected by smoking, but also the secondary non-consumer and tertiary individuals around the primary consumer.
He urged the tobacco consumer control cell to further expand the campaign across the whole of the district while establishing a habilitation centre for de-addiction of tobacco-related substances.
Tuensang SP Amit Nigam also stressed the COTPA Section 4 2003 act where it states the ban of smoking in public places and also Section 6a and 6b of COTPA 2003 act where it prohibits the sale of tobacco products to minors and those below the age of 18 prohibiting the sale of any tobacco products within 100 yards of educational institutions.
While all the same stressing about the ill effects of tobacco consumption, he also encouraged the citizens to cooperate with the police and create awareness among the public, so that the COTPA 2003 act can be enforced successfully.
Recently, the smoke-free campaign was also launched at the Deputy Commissioners (DC) conference room where the DC of Mon, Thavaseelan K stressed the importance of creating awareness on the harmful effects of passive smoking (second-hand smoking).
With 11 schools in the districts declared as tobacco-free, the committee was positive that through this campaign, more schools in the district will be able to transform into tobacco-free institutions.He was optimistic that through the launch of the awareness campaign, smokers at home would be made aware of the ill effects that are being caused to their loved ones due to their smoking. Meanwhile, NTCP Mon nodal officer, Dr I Simon Sumi some of the aims and objectives of the campaign which include creating awareness on the harmful effects of smoking and the penalty of smoking in public places sensitizing people on Section 4 of COTPA 2003.
With 11 schools in the districts declared as tobacco-free, the committee was positive that through this campaign, more schools in the district will be able to transform into tobacco-free institutions.
Also, in Mokokchung the campaign was launched at the residence of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) under the initiative of the National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP). The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Mokokchung in a press release informed that the campaign was launched by Limawabang Jamir, the DC of Mokokchung in the presence of the district nodal officer NTCP Mokokchung, Dr Taliwaba Ao, dental doctors from IMDH and Run Mokokchung group.
During his speech, the DC and Chairman, District Level Coordination Committee (DLCC), Mokokchung Limawabang Jamir expressed concerned over smoking in public places while appreciating the initiative of launching the campaign as well.
While assuring that the campaign will be implemented strongly within the district, especially in all government offices, banks and public conveyances, the DC stressed the "long battle" against smoking in public places.
However, he expressed optimism that the campaign would slowly gain momentum for a better and healthier environment. While expressing his concerns, the DC also encouraged and lauded the members of the Run Group for their enthusiasm towards a fit and healthy lifestyle.