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Students spread awareness on ‘No Tobacco Day’
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAY 31 (NPN)
Published on 1 Jun. 2011 12:50 AM IST
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:To mark ‘World No tobacco Day’ a rally was organized by ‘Voice of victims’ in collaboration with Dimapur district anti-tobacco cell on Tuesday.
Around 500 students from Christian Higher Secondary School, Little Star Higher Secondary School, Holy Cross Higher Secondary school, and Pranab Vidyapith Higher Secondary School, doctors and senior citizens participated in the rally which started from Clock Tower junction to Holy cross junction.
After the rally, a function was held at Holy Cross Higher secondary school auditorium with deputy commissioner Dimapur, Maongwati Aier as the chief guest.
Maongwati urged the students not to smoke, and to say ‘no to tobacco’, and also discourage their parents from taking tobacco products.
In order to spread awareness about tobacco related cancer to the students at an early stage, the DC has appealed to the education department and district inspector of schools to include lessons on ‘harmful effects of tobacco’ in their curriculum.
He also highlighted about the World Health Organization (WHO) treaty on banning tobacco advertisement and tobacco growers, in which tobacco growers are given alternative farming and minors banned from selling and buying tobacco products.
Deputy CMO Dimapur Dr. Ritu Thurr who presided over the function, echoed DC’s speech and said the department would ensure WHO treaties were enacted in the state soon to make Nagaland a ‘no smoking zone’.
Dr. Sankar Deb Roy, Oncologist, senior medical officer, Nagaland University, in his key note address, updated the students on various ill-effects of tobacco, especially smokeless tobacco consumption, which is a high risk factor for oral and nasopharyngeal cancer.
A cancer survivor, Ren Merry also shared his experiences with the students.
Sending a strong message not to smoke, Merry urged the students to spread the message on the ill-effects of smoking before it’s too late.
The programme concluded with distribution of posters on how to quit smoking.
Sainik School Pungwla
As part of its activities, NCC cadets who are currently undergoing a Special National Integration Camp (SNIC) at Sainik School Pungwla observed ‘World No Tobacco Day’, through a social awareness rally under the banner of NCC Kohima at Medziphema on Tuesday. The rally was flagged off by director general NCC, North East Region, Lt. Gen. P.S. Bhalla AVSM. Hundreds of cadets from 14 schools all over the country holding placards conveying the message on ill effects of tobacco and to stop its usage etc., participated in the rally.
It may be mentioned that around 600 cadets from all over the country are attending the 12-days SNIC which got underway on May 28.
Flagging off the rally, director general urged the participants to spread the awareness on the evils of tobacco. According to him, parents should take the lead in spreading awareness on the ill effects of use of tobacco among children.
Highlighting the danger of tobacco among youngsters, he urged the cadets to go back to their own districts and spread anti-tobacco awareness.
On the SNIC camp, the director general said it was organized at Sainik School Pungwla so that cadets from other districts could learn the topography, culture and tradition of the northeastern region.
AR school Kohima
To commemorate ‘World No Tobacco Day’, AR School Kohima organized a competition on poster, poetry recitation, elocution and house board at its school premises.
Sister Anna Molly, principal, Little Flower School and vice principal, sister Meriam judiciously encouraged and judged the students on the above competitions. A total of 50 students displayed their talent to promote the awareness about tobacco use.
The young budding students took a peace procession in the garrison, witnessed by a march from Karim Hall manifesting their indomitable spirit to educate about the harmful and dangerous affects of tobacco, protect people from exposure to various forms of tobacco, thereby empowering towards permanently arresting the harmful addiction.
The slogans included “Ban Sales to & By Minors” and requesting elders to “Put a Stop to Tobacco”.
This programme was availed as a special day by children, providing them an opportunity to raise their voice to stop delaying education on ‘No Tobacco Day’ thereby urging the people to put this treaty at their hearts to control this global epidemic of tobacco use.

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