Dimapur, September 10: Under the National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP), awareness programme on “Tobacco control in times of COVID-19” was held on September 8 in Mon town council conference hall with Additional Deputy Commissioner Mon (in-charge Aboi) Rahul Mali, IAS.
In his short speech, the ADC said cigarettes and other tobacco products act (COTPA) 2003 was applied by government of India since 2008, but Nagaland enforced it only from 2012 and confined it to only two district – Dimapur and Kohima. Remaining 9 district, 6 were included further and recently 3 districts were included – Mon, Tuensang and Mokokchung. He said that the main reason why teenagers, students and people are consuming tobacco is lack of awareness. He appealed to ward presidents to create awareness amongst all people in their respective wards about harmful effect of tobacco consumption and save the youths and our people.
The programme was chaired by E.Nyeamying Konyak, District Consultant (NTCP) Mon. Dr. I. Simon Sumi District Nodal Officer Mon (NTCP) delivered a speech on “harmful effects of tobacco consumption”. Seven ward presidents attended the programme. (Page News Service)