Can youth organized a “One-Day State Level Inception cum orientation workshop on Tobacco Control” in collaboration with Nagaland Sate Tobacco Control Cell, supported by The Union, South-East Asia at Tourist Lodge, Conference Hall, Dimapur. The workshop was attended by various departments, NGOs , civil societies, Dimapur Naga Students’ Union, Media, adolescent group and child parliament members.
The program was facilitated by Ms. Linoka K Awomi, Consultant, District Tobacco Control Cell, after which Welcome address was presented by Ms. Faihamti Longmailai, Project coordinator, 3E Space, Can Youth.
Dr. Rana Jugdeep Singh, Deputy Regional Director, Tobacco & NCD Control, The Union, New Delhi, in his opening remark stated that, tobacco is the risk factor of Covid-19. It has become a necessity to educate people on the harmful effects of using tobacco. He also stated that it is important for youth to be involved in strengthening all important aspects. Later in his remark he encouraged every department, civil societies and academic institutions to take part in enforcing law on Tobacco.
Ms. Kilentula Jamir, Child Counselor & Board Member Can Youth in her exhortation mentioned that it is not easy to restrict a person from addiction. Many youths and adolescents are today succumbed to tobacco addiction and so, to eradicate this usage of tobacco, it is the need and requirement for various organizations and departments to work towards a better society.
The session was then followed by Dr. Meribeni Odyuo, Deputy Director, Dental & SPO, NOHP Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Kohima; Nagaland, leading the topic “Tobacco epidemic and the burden of its use in our society”. She stated that, today every 6 seconds someone dies from tobacco use and India is the second largest tobacco user in the world after China. Current tobacco users rank up to 43.3% in Nagaland. The most common health related implication is premature deaths, pregnancy complications, increase in the risk of Tuberculosis infection etc., She concluded by quoting Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General “Reversing this entirely preventable epidemic must now rank as a top priority for public health and for political leaders in every country of the world”
The session on “Tobacco control laws and the role of stakeholders in achieving the objectives of FCTC” was taken up by Dr. C Tetseo, State nodal officer NTCP Joint Director, Directorate of Health & Family Welfare. In his session, he firstly introduced the evolution of Tobacco Control Laws in India and the Framework convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), followed by, Cigarettes and tobacco Products Acts (COTPA, 2003). Later in his presentation, he mentioned about the role played by the stakeholders for the measures to be taken in reduction of demand and supply and protection of Health and Environment.
Mr. Jenpu Rongmei, Founder & Chief Functionary, Can Youth, delivered the closing remarks, where he stated the problem of tobacco is not only with health but also draining the economic growth of the family. He encouraged and appealed everyone to be serious in overcoming this issue. It is the collective effort of every individual that this tobacco related issue could be minimized.
The session concluded with vote of thanks by Mr. Sentiwati, Project Coordinator, Development 4 Adolescent, Can Youth, where he thanked all the resource persons, invitees and participants for their support and cooperation in availing their time and contributing to this program.