Dimapur, September 20: Can Youth under its Project Development for Adolescent organized a webinar on ‘Tobacco burden and its control in Nagaland’ for adolescent on September 18 with Dr Chiekroshuyi Tetseo, Joint Director, Health & Family Welfare and State Nodal Officers, NTCP, Dr Rana Jugdeep Singh, Deputy Regional Director, Tobacco and NCD Control, Union South East Asia, New Delhi and Imkumla Aier, Psychologist, NTCP Dimapur as panelists. The webinar was moderated by Mary Konyak, facilitator, Can Youth. The webinar was attended by adolescents club, youth Leaders and NGOs.
Dr Chiekroshuyi Tetseo appreciated Can Youth for taking up initiative in enhancing knowledge on tobacco harmfulness to adolescent. He said that NTCP has been carrying out a campaign on anti-tobacco to prevent tobacco use. He encouraged the participants to be youth icons to lead the campaign to become ambassadors of anti-tobacco. He stated the need for all stakeholders to join hands to control the tobacco menace as Nagaland is one of the top states of tobacco users in India.
Dr Rana Jugdeep Singh spoke on tobacco burden based on the comparison of survey 2009-10 and 2016-17 global and state level perspective. He stated that currently in Nagaland there are 43.3% tobacco users out of which 39% are smokeless tobacco users and 13% smokers. He encouraged Can Youth and NTCP to empower the youth and adolescent in preventing tobacco use in the State.
Imkumla Aier began the session on nicotine addiction in adolescents and the ill effects of tobacco products. She stated that at present tobacco is produced in different forms which are available in the market. She elaborated the importance in understanding some problems like ache, identity crisis, Neurasthenia and addiction which are common among adolescents.
Jenpu Rongmei, Chief Functionary, Can Youth in his concluding remark appreciated the panelists and participants for their support and participation. Emphasizing on the current scenario, he expressed there should be strong advocacy policy in the village level and in the education institute on tobacco. He said that as a responsible citizen it’s our main priority in promoting and protecting youth to lead by creating the problems as an opportunity in the right path. He encouraged the youth and adolescence to enhance their knowledge through platforms/ opportunities provided to them so as to empower oneself and be a role model for others. (Page News Service)