Dimapur, May 31: World No Tobacco Day was observed at the Conference Hall of Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Kohima on May 31, on the theme “Commit to Quit”.
Director (Family Welfare), Dr. Thorsie Katiry, the special guest for the function, encouraged the officers to set an example to others during the pandemic, by staying away from tobacco products.
State Nodal Officer (NTCP), Dr C. Tetseo in his presentation talked about the dangers of smokeless tobacco which is often ignored. He specifically mentioned magnesium carbonate, which is used as anti-caking agents in all gutkha and paan masala, as people are consuming this chemical far in excess of the daily limit, and it could be dangerous for those whose renal function is compromised.
It may be noted that, many popular paan masala brands were banned in other States because of the presence of this compound.
Director (Health), Dr Vikato Kinimi released a booklet on “A pilot Study on Cost Expenditure of Tobacco Consumption in Nagaland” undertaken by State Tobacco Control Cell, Nagaland.
The 45 Assam Rifles in collaboration with Youth for Society (YFS), Shamator, organised an awareness campaign against use of tobacco on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day at Shamator, Tuensang on May 31.
The World No Tobacco Day is observed to make tobacco users aware of the opportunity to lead a healthier life. The aim of the day is to spread awareness about the dangers of using tobacco and how health problems can be tackled when one quits tobacco.
National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP), Zunheboto, organised a virtual poem and slogan competition in commemoration of “World No Tobacco Day” on May 31, on the theme “Commit to Quit”.
Winners in poem competition: 1st Sukhusho K Rotokha, Little Spring School; 2nd Akuvu Easter, Olympic Hr Sec School; 3rd Tokavi K Zhimo, Immanuel Hr Sec School.
In Slogan competition Mughakini Joy, Olympic Hr Sec. School; Elliot Awomi, Cornerstone Hr Sec School; and Kaino Z Zhimo of Seven Home School bagged the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize respectively.
Six tobacco-free schools in Zunheboto participated in the competition. All the winners were given certificates and cash prizes. NTCP team Zunheboto also celebrated the occasion by giving gift hampers to COVID patients in the COVID Hospital and to COVID duty staff.
(Page News Service)