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Women, major target for tobacco industry: Ponraj
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 31 (NPN)
Published on 1 Jun. 2010 12:50 AM IST
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: Department of Health and Family Welfare on Monday observed ‘World No Tobacco Day’ on the theme “Gender and tobacco with emphasis on marketing to women” at Civil Secretariat conference hall Kohima. C.J. Ponraj, principal secretary, home commissioner, graced the programme as the chief guest.
Speaking at the programme, Ponraj said the Church should play a chief role in controlling tobacco from the state.
Stating that the number of tobacco consumers was increasing despite its ill effects, he said the Church should come as moral intervention in cautioning children of the dangers of tobacco in their Sunday school classes. He stated such strategy would bring down the huge intake of tobacco in the state.
Ponraj also said youth should be focused in tobacco control strategies so as to train them towards the cycle of economic development.
The chief guest also urged the department of Health and Family Welfare to carry out survey on the number of school students consuming tobacco. He encouraged the NGOs and the department in the continuous fight in controlling tobacco in the state.
Giving the thematic presentation, Dr. Hotokhu Chishi, deputy director of National Tobacco Control Programme stated there was increase in intake of tobacco products among women and girls and that women were major targets for tobacco industry.
He also informed that 7% of adolescent girls smoke cigarettes against 12% of adolescent boys; that women comprise 20% of the world’s more than 1 billion smokers. While putting light to the facts and figures, Dr. Chishi asserted that protecting women’s health was crucial to health and development in society. During the programme, the chief guest gave away awards to winners of an essay competition which was conducted by the department for the day. Among 17 schools, Honsang from Baptist High Kohima bagged the 1st position, Toshi Imli from Little Star School Dimapur came 2nd, while Viseto Liegise from Mezhür Higher Secondary School Kohima bagged the 3rd position. The three winners were awarded with Rs. 5000, Rs. 3000 and Rs. 2000 respectively along with certificates, while the winning schools were also given cash awards. Earlier, a song was presented by Sulito H. Chishi, while the programme was chaired by Limsong, secretary, Health and Family Welfare.
Stella Higher Secondary School, Kohima (SHSSK) also on Monday observed “World No-Tobacco Day” by arranging “Poster and Painting Competition” amongst the Class XI and XII students in its premises.
Altogether 19 students from Class XI and XII took part in the “competition” and many of them have displayed their painting skills on the very theme “No-Tobacco.” District wise profile shows that Dimapur district tops in number of tobacco consumers, followed by Kohima and Peren. The lowest are Longleng, Kiphire and Tuensang. (Issued by NTCP, Directorate of Health and Family Welfare.)

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