With the rapid rise in number of tobacco users in the state, District Level Committee (DLC) Dimapur conducted a meeting on Friday for reinforcement of National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) in Dimapur to monitor violation of Section 5 of Indian Tobacco Control Act 2003. DLC Dimapur in its meeting proposed to create awareness in reaching out to mass public both in rural and urban areas.
The committee would be setting up sign-boards containing ill-effects of tobacco to be displayed at government offices/buildings, conspicuous public areas and sensitize school students by setting up ‘health corners’ in school campuses, while a proposal for formation of Tobacco Complaint Cell at DC’s office complex and a counseling cell under department of health have been put up.
Various parts of Indian Tobacco Control Act were deliberated at the meeting with special emphasis on Sections 4, 5 and 6 of the Act that prohibit smoking in public places, ban on all forms of direct/indirect advertisement of tobacco products, and prohibits sale of tobacco products within a radius of 100 yards from all educational institutions/schools/colleges and to minors. Besides members of the committee, deputy CMO Dimapur & NTCP nodal officer, Dr. Ritu and NTCP Directorate of Health & Family Welfare Kohima representative, Dr. H. Chishi also attended the meeting, which was chaired by SDO (Civil) II Dimapur, IAS Anoop Khinchi. The country has the highest number of Oral Cancer cases in the world with 90% of these cases being tobacco related and nearly 1million people is projected to die every year because of smoking in India by 2010. Meanwhile, tobacco consumption profile in Nagaland as per NTCP, state Directorate of Health & Family Welfare Kohima is given below:
Tobacco consumption 48%
Male tobacco users 68%
Female tobacco users 28%
School children smoking 37%
Male school children
Female school children smoking 18%
School children tobacco users 41%
Male school children smokeless form users 50%
Female school children smokeless form users 33%