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Nagaland joins global celebration on ‘World No Tobacco Day’

Nagaland joins global celebration on ‘World No Tobacco Day’
DIMAPUR: | Publish Date: 6/1/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

Nagaland joined people across the globe in celebrating “World No Tobacco Day” (WNTD) on Friday by organising various awareness programmes on the harmful effects of tobacco.

 According to World Health Organization (WHO), WNTD is celebrated across the world every year, on May 31, to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.

WHO said the focus of WNTD 2019 was on “tobacco and lung health.” It said the campaign aims to increase awareness on the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease and the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people.

Mon: The day was observed at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Mon with DC Mon Thavaseelan K, as the special guest.

Addressing the students, Thavaseelan stated that there has been descending trend of smoking in Nagaland, however, lamented that the number of people using tobacco in other forms has increased significantly. 

He said that there is a law, which bans smoking in public places but enforcement of the same has become a concern.

Dr. I.Simon Sumi, District Nodal Officer, NTCP, Mon was the theme speaker. 

He also showed a short video clip and gave power point presentation on the theme.

Dr. Kechongol Sophie, Chief Medical Officer, Mon chaired the programme. (Correspondent)

Zunheboto: District Health Society, Zunheboto in collaboration with Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) celebrated WNTD under the theme, “Tobacco and Lung Health”, at Step by Step School, Zunheboto. 

Speaking at the programme, deputy CMO, Zunheboto, Dr. K. Akaho Sema, highlighted about the various health effects of tobacco.

He encouraged the participants to do away with the use of tobacco and motivated the participants to lead an exemplary life by not indulging in usage of tobacco products. 

Superintendent of Police (SP) Zunheboto, Uniel Kichu, emphasised on avoiding tobacco products and motivated the students to inculcate healthy habits.

Special number was presented by students of Little Spring School and one act play by Step by Step School. During the observation, open quiz and painting competitions were held. 

Meanwhile, Cornerstone Higher Secondary School, Zunheboto was declared the first school in Zunheboto to be “Tobacco Free Zone”. 

Longleng: District Health Society Longleng celebrated WNTD at PBCA Hall Phom Lempong School under the theme, “Tobacco and Lung Health”.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Longleng, John Tsulise Sangtam spoke on the ill effects of consuming tobacco and added that government offices and school institutions should be made tobacco free zone in the district. 

SP Longleng, Swaran Ambika, applauded the school management and the students for making the school a “tobacco free zone”. She also said that the entire district should be made tobacco free zone.

Tuensang: Tuensang district celebrated WNTD under the theme, “Tobacco and Lung Health’’ with Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Tuensang, M Chaitanya Prasad as the chief guest. In his speech, Prasad highlighted the importance of creating awareness on the effects of tobacco consumption on our health. Theme speaker Dr.Kiholi DTO Tuensang, gave a presentation on risks associated with tobacco use and how tobacco endangers the health of people. 

Chief Medical Officer Dr.T.Pangjung Sangtam, urged the participants to educate the family, friends and community about the harms of tobacco use to our health.   

Mokokchung: Mokokchung celebrated WNTD under the theme “Tobacco and Lung Health’’ at Mayangnokcha Government Higher secondary school.

Guest of honour, ADC Mokokchung, Manpai Phom, highlighted about the various health effects of using tobacco and encouraged the students not to use tobacco in any form.

The theme speaker, SMO, T.B and Chest disease Hospital, Mokokchung, Dr. Sunep, highlighted about the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health. He also created awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure.

NYK Dimapur: Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK), Dimapur, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India in Collaboration with Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Dimapur and NSS unit DBHSS, initiated a signature campaign and painting competition against the harmful effects of tobacco on May 30 to 31, as part of observation of World No Tobacco Day. 

UNV- District Youth Coordinator, NYK, Dimapur, K. Phyobemo Lotha told the young volunteers and students that this campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and discouraged the use of tobacco in any form. He added that the aim of the campaign was also to create awareness of how tobacco led to cardiovascular disease. He encouraged the young volunteers to motivate people to take a pledge to give up the use of tobacco and campaign against its use. 

Fr. P.G. Joshua SDB, principal, DBHSS, Dimapur, in his address urged the volunteers and students to take the signature campaign as a call to action, to advocate, to reduce tobacco consumption and engage people from all walks of life in the campaign against the harmful effect of tobacco and spread the message “choose health not tobacco”.

DHD: District Hospital Dimapur (DHD) celebrated WNTD by organising “health education” to the patients, patients attendants, public by the GNM Nursing students of School of Nursing District Hospital Dimapur. Dr. Wapang Imchen gave a brief introduction of the topic.

HMC High School: H.M.C High School, Dimapur celebrated WNTD under the theme, “Tobacco and Lung Health” by organising various events like essay competition, drawing competition, debate and speech.

NCC: 1 Naga Girls Bn NCC and 24 (I) Boys Coy NCC under aegis NCC Gp HQ Kohima, carried out an anti-tobacco campaign in entire Nagaland on “World No Tobacco Day”.

More than 2,000 NCC cadets from various schools and colleges organised lectures, awareness programmes in their institutions, neighbourhood localities and public places. 

The cadets spearheaded the campaign to spread awareness on ill effects and dangers of tobacco consumption and motivating others not to consume the toxic substance in any form. In Kohima, cadets of St Joseph’s College, Kohima College, G Rio School in particular carried out awareness campaign in taxi stand and other areas.

 In Dimapur mostly junior cadets of Carmel, Christian, Bethesda and Greenwood Higher Secondary Schools displayed banners on their school vehicles and spread awareness in populated areas.

Holotoli School organised a painting competition. Cadets of BHSS, GHSS and Govt College Peren carried out a combined rally in town. 

Even in remotes areas the cadets took active part in campaigning and spreading awareness. Girl cadets of remote areas too participated with equal enthusiasm with particular mention for Kongjong HSS Mon, Zisaji Presidency College Kiphre, Fazl Ali College Mokokchung, Phom Lompong School Longleng, who took commendable efforts for making the anti-tobacco posters.

CMHSS: Christian Mission Higher Secondary School (CMHSS) 4th Mile, Diphupar, Dimapur celebrated WNTD by conducting a drawing competition on the theme “tobacco and lung health”. 

HHS: Highland Hall School (HHS) Dimapur celebrated WNTD by organising a signature campaign by class 6 and above students to spread awareness on the ill effects of Tobacco.

SJHSS: To say “No” to tobacco and fight against the menace of tobacco consumption among young students, St. Joseph Higher Secondary School (SJHSS) celebrated WNTD.

In a short speech, SJHSS principal, Rev. Fr. Sajan Joseph, urged the students to be the ambassador of anti tobacco and spread the awareness about the menace of tobacco consumption and say “NO” to tobacco at home, in the society and to the world. 

BBS: Bethel Baptist School (BBS) celebrated WNTD under the theme, “Tobacco and Lung Health”. 

YMC: Yemhi Memorial College (YMC) celebrated WNTD by organising essay writing competition and “Say No to Tobacco” signing campaign with “Tobacco and Lung Health” as the theme.

The students also carried out procession within the vicinity and visited around 15 shops with the message of awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco consumption. 

SSHSS: The Anti-Tobacco club of St. Stephen’s Higher Secondary School (SSHSS) Dimapur observed WNTD under the theme, “Tobacco and Lung Health”. The event drew special attention on the theme through a painting competition, a colourful poster display and a speech on the significance of the day.

JNAC: IQAC and NSS Unit of J.N. Aier College celebrated WNTD by organising a painting competition. Assistant professor of political science department, Luto Swuro, gave a talk on the theme, “Tobacco and Lung Health” where he stressed on the usage of tobacco and its ill effects.

VBS: Vidhya Bhawan School (VBS) celebrated WNTD at the school premises by organising various activities to sanitize the children on the ill effects of tobacco on health.

Basing on the theme “Tobacco and Lung Health’, competition was organised on slogan writing and poster making and the best three were awarded prizes.

CIHSR: Christian Institute of Health Sciences & Research (CIHSR) celebrated WNTD by organising a series of events realising the importance of campaigning against the use of tobacco and tobacco products.

 Some of the events, organised by the department of radiotherapy and student nurses association of College of Nursing, include poster competition on May 27; health awareness using drama and poster exhibitions on May 30 in the hospital campus and a chain of health talks by different prominent consultants of CIHSR. College of Nursing, CIHSR also conducted an awareness programme on May 31 at Tsitrongse Middle School.

CCAC: City College of Arts and Commerce (CCAC) Dimapur celebrated WNTD under the theme, “Tobacco and Lung Health” and witnessed a programme with various drama and slogan competition by the students.

DPS: One hundred and thirty schools and three villages in the district of Dimapur has been declared tobacco free at the WNTD observed at Delhi Public School (DPS), Dimapur.

Chief Medical Officer Dimapur Dr. K Vikato Kinimi informed that various health unit, community health care centres and the police have been conducting various awareness and sensitization programme simultaneously. 

DC Dimapur Kevekha Kevin Zehol spoke on the various addictions through consumptions of tobacco, alcohol and drugs. Artist, social worker and anti tobacco crusader Chuba Jamir while sharing his experienced as cancer survivor said that “everyday has been a battle for him and that he prays that no one goes through what he have gone through”.

He also spoke on the importance of using technology on educative purposes.  11 mass communication and journalism students of Patkai Christian College was certified for their anti tobacco documentary. Tenyiphe village also received a certificate for becoming tobacco free village. 

The programme was chaired by District Public Relation Officer, Dimapur, Lolano Patton and welcome address by DPS principal BK Nanda.  

CRS: Charity Residential School, 5th mile, Dimapur, observed WNTD. 

CHSS: Christian Higher Secondary School (CHSS) joined the world in celebrating WNTD at the Covenant Hall by organizing skits, art competition, signature campaigns, awareness speeches and poster display. 

BHSS: Bethesda Higher Secondary School (BHSS) observed WNTD. Various programmes were conducted like Quiz, speech, painting and poster making competitions from class 3 to 12 on harmful effects of tobacco.

Seminars were conducted by NCC on harmful effects on tobacco for parents.

MSS: Mount Saramati School (MSS) celebrated WNTD, at the school assembly hall. 

The programme included competitions among school houses on speech, poster and a short act play depicting the hazards of consumption of tobacco products.  

SJHSRS: St. John Higher Secondary Residential School (SJHSRS), Dimapur observed WNTD, with a short seminar. Moaliba, biology teacher spoke on tobacco addiction and its harmful abuse. Three students from the zoology department, St. John College, Dimapur displayed a lung model along with a presentation on the effects of smoking on the lungs. Principal, J. Messiah, encouraged the students not to get into peer pressure and stay away from indulging use of tobacco and its addictive habits. 

ZMHSS: Zakiesato Memorial Higher Secondary School (ZMHSS) Dimapur observed WNTD, at its school premises, where speech was delivered by Feningyile H.K. Zeliang. Placards display was presented by the students, followed by a rally. 

SMHSS: St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School (SMHSS) observed WNTD, where students took part in drawings and writing essays for which certificates were given to the winners by the principal and vice principal. 

SMHSS Padumpukhuri: St. Mary’s Hr. Sec. School (SMHSS) Padumpukhuri observed the day by performing a short play highlighting the ill effects of tobacco consumption.

SSHS Chumukedima: Saint Savio High School (SSHS), Chumukedima celebrated WNTD. The school conducted a pledge against tobacco in the morning assembly, had a procession in Seiuruzha colony and carried out collage making competition at the school compound. 

Immanuel College: On the occasion, Immanuel College organised a short programme for the students at the College auditorium. The resource person for the programme was Leo club, Dimapur Ankit Jain.

PGC: Pfutsero Government College (PGC) along with the rest of the world observed WBTD with Principal Investigator Population Based Cancer Registry, Kohima Dr. Vinotsole Khamo as resource person.

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