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Mon, 21 May 2018

Northeast Today

Mizoram Kicks off ‘World No Tobacco Month’

Mizoram Kicks off ‘World No Tobacco Month’
May 02
12:15 2018

Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Tuesday kicked off ‘World No Tobacco Month’ and simultaneously launched ‘Tobacco Free Sports’ campaign across the State in a function in Aizawl. The event was jointly organized by Mizoram State Olympic Association, Indian Society on Tobacco and Health, Mizoram Chapter in association with Mizoram State Tobacco Control Society.

Speaking on the occasion, Lal Thanhawla, while emphasizing the importance of maintaining a healthy life, said that one of the main impediments to success for Mizo sports persons was “lack of concern for good health.”

The Chief Minister then lauded the organizers for making constructive efforts towards preventive healthcare by organizing ‘Tobacco Free Sports’ campaign and expressed hope that the campaign will bring a grand success towards changing the Mizo society and reducing the rate of tobacco consumption in the State. He then urged sports persons to set an example for others in maintaining a healthy life and stick to their career with giving utmost care to their health. The Chief Minister also spoke about the importance of awareness on the bad effects of tobacco consumption. He also urged the youths to abstain from tobacco and spread awareness about the ill effects of tobacco consumption.

Indian Society on Tobacco and Health, Mizoram president Lal Riliani dubbed tobacco and other substances as ‘gateway substance’ to drugs and liquor abuse. While stating that the combat against tobacco is being more intensified in developed countries, Lal Riliani said that the Mizo people have to have concerns about the health effects of tobacco and maintain tobacco free life.

Dr. Jane R. Ralte, State Nodal Officer, National Tobacco Control Programme, Mizoram gave a concise and informative presentation on ‘Tobacco Free Sports & the Way Ahead’. She went into detail about the health effects of tobacco on sportspersons, pointing out the double damage of reduced lung capacity and increased heart-rate caused by smoking.

According to the second Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) held for the year 2016-17, Mizoram has the second highest prevalence of tobacco use among all the States in India at 58.7 per cent, which is more than double the national average of 28.6 per cent.

This, however, is an improvement in statistics when compared to the results of the previous GATS held in 2010 which concluded that 67.2 percent of the Mizoram population used tobacco in some form or the other.

-NNN

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