About 300 students and teachers drawn from five different high schools in Pfutsero observed ‘No Tobacco Day’ by organising a programme on the theme “Ill effects of tobacco products on our health” at Chakhesang Mission High School, Pfutsero on Thursday.
The chief guest ADC, Pfutsero Kewekha Mero exhorted the students to abstain from taking all kinds of tobacco products as it adversely affected the economy of the family and society. He also explained that government had enacted laws for banning of smoking at all public places because of its health hazardous effects to the growth of a healthy society.
Project co-ordinator, SCERT Tuolie Seleyi, pointed out that Nagaland ranked the highest in child tobacco consumption in the country which posed a serious threat to the health of society. Dr. Chitale Hiese, senior medical officer Community Health centre, Pfutsero and Deo Dukru, DIS Pfutsero also spoke at the programme.
A play was performed by the students of Tewelhi Medo Tyrannus School on the theme: Smoking is injurious to health and King David School, performed on ‘Healthy relationship among adolescents’. A debate was organized with two participants from each school on the motion topic: “Consumption of Tobacco products should be declared as a punishable offence”.
The programme was organized by Adolescence Education Cell, SCERT, Nagaland and was attended by officials from the department, public leaders, church leaders and well wishers.