Friday, July 1, 2022

Stakeholders trained to implement Tobacco-Free Educational Institutions (TOFEI) in Phek

A training of stakeholders for implementation of Tobacco Free Educational Institutions (TOFEI) was organised by District Tobacco Control Cell (DTCC), National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) Phek on May 18 at District Hospital Phek (DHP).
A press release by National Health Mission (NHM) Phek stated that the main objectives of the training was to create awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco use and tobacco control laws and facilitate effective implementation of TOFEI by all the schools within the district.
The release stated that resource persons quoted the global youth tobacco survey which stated that 43% of students in Nagaland between 13-15 years of age use tobacco products, which is one of the highest in the country.
In a presentation on implementation of TOFEI, resource person, additional director state nodal officer NTCP, Directorate of Health and Family Welfare (DoH&FW), Dr.Chiekroshuyi Tetseo briefed the school authorities on displaying mandatory signage which was to be put up by the schools.
Emphasising on the burden of tobacco epidemic which is the biggest cause of preventable deaths and diseases, Dr.Tetseo said tobacco kills nearly 13 lakh people in India every year. He said tobacco was also a major cause of economic hardship especially among the low-income groups.
Speaking on the present tobacco scenario, Dr. Tetseo said Nagaland was one of the highest users of pan masala, tobacco and the highest average monthly user of cigarettes.
Pointing out that educational institutions were the best platform to create awareness about the danger of tobacco use, he called upon the teachers to make all the schools’ tobacco free adding that protecting the children from tobacco use was the only way to bring down the tobacco prevalence in the society.
Resource person, DTCC consultant NTCP, Linoka KAwomi gave a presentation on the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (COTPA) Act 2003, its objectives, enforcement mechanism etc.,
She also highlighted the mandate of Section 6 (b) and its penalties, section 77 of Juvenile Justice Act and its penalties.
Earlier, chairperson of the training, DNO, NTCP Phek, Dr.Nichukholie Vupru highlighted the different awareness programs and activities under NTCP which were carried out in the district.
He also shared about the counselling facility at Tobacco Control Cell Phek and the availability of nicotine replacement therapy for those desiring to quit tobacco.

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