KOHIMA, April 9: The District Nodal Officer (NTCP) of Wokha district Dr Meribeni Odyuo has said it is worrisome that more than half of Nagaland population, over 57 per cent, is tobacco users and Nagaland stands as the second highest consumer of tobacco, next to Mizoram, according to GATS 2010 survey.
According to an official report speaking at the one-day seminar on sensitization of women community on the harmful effects of tobacco and COPTA Act 2003 at LTC Hall of the Wokha District Tobacco Control Cell of Wokha, organised Department of Health & Family Welfare delivering her keynote address, Dr Meribeni stated steps are being taken to curb tobacco menace especially with the inception of tobacco control laws like COPTA 2003. “More people are now aware and advocating smoke free or tobacco free surrounding,” she added.
Dr Meribeni also informed that NTCP, Wokha team is working to create awareness about the ills of tobacco amongst the society and has conducted awareness programmes in 26 schools, training and sensitization programmes in the churches, towns and nearby villages.
More of such programmes are coming up, she said. Dr. Pithungo Kikon, MO, Wokha also spoke on tobacco & women’s health, while Kimiri Tungoe of Wokha District Legal Service Authority and Abeni Kikon dwelled on COPTA Act 2003 and role of women in society, it said.
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