: A one day workshop on Tobacco Control Laws for school teachers of Dimapur district was held at Highway 39, Padumpukri on Friday with Dr (Mrs) Pooja IAS, Assistant Commissioner, Dimapur as the chief guest and Dr H Chishi as the resource person. Teachers from both private and government schools under Dimapur district along with District Education Officer (DEO), Deputy Inspector of Schools (DIS) of Dimapur and staff attended the programme. Joint Director & state nodal officer (NTCP) Dr N Savino, medical representatives from CMO office also attended the workshop.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Dr (Mrs) Pooja IAS pointed out that teenagers were the permanent revenue earners for the tobacco companies. Stating that tobacco causes 14 types of cancer; the chief guest urged the participants to be well aware about the ill effects of tobacco including passive smoking. “Spread the message of tobacco laws” she stressed. The Assistant Commissioner also stated that since teachers have the maximum influence on children after parents, the teachers should keep themselves informed and inform the students, she added.
Earlier the programme was chaired by Dr Arhenuo, DIO, Dimapur.
According to statistics, forty eight percent of population in the state consumes tobacco with sixty eight percent of males and twenty eight percent of females. It may be mentioned that thirty eight percent of school going children use tobacco in the state while usage of tobacco in the form of gutkas and others was found to be forty percent.