4 schools and 2 villages declared tobacco-free area in Wokha

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 12/15/2020 10:57:26 AM IST

Wokha District Tobacco Control Cell (WDTCC), district level coordination committee (DLCC) and district level enforcement squad (DLES), NTCP Wokha held its quarterly meeting on December 15 at the DC Wokha chamber, chaired by EAC (Hq) I. Yentinougbou.

According to DIPR report, four schools namely Fernbrook, Libemo Memorial, Government School Sector “A”, Little Angel School and Longsachung and Niroyo villages were declared tobacco-free schools and villages respectively. 

With this declaration the district has now have 23 tobacco free schools and 4 tobacco-free villages. Certificates were handed over by chief medical officer, Wokha, Dr. C W Tungoe. 

DNO NTCP, Wokha, Dr. Daisy Ovung, while presenting the quarterly reports of DTCC, said the team has visited shops selling tobacco products from Niropen Colony to NST Colony covering around 100 (hundred) shops on COTPA Section 6, where shops owners were directed to display board with specified warning indicating that “Selling of any tobacco products to and by any person below 18 years of age is a punishable offence”. Dr. Daisy also informed that enforcement drive was also conducted on November 24 comprising of COTPA flying squad, members from NTCP and Dobashis and visited 40 hotels and restaurants within the town to ensure prohibition of smoking in public places.

The members also deliberated to strengthen the enforcement of COTPA Law and to conduct enforcement activities once every month, where district nodal officer (NTCP) Dr. Daisy appealed all the members to extend co-operation for effective implementation of the law. She also said that since tobacco control committee has been constituted in every school and villages she urged them put more effort and to frequently review tobacco related activities and report/submit the activities. 

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