World No Tobacco Day: Curbing tobacco use reduces risk of fatal chronic diseases
Kohima, May 31 (EMN): Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Kohima, Dr. Vezokholu Theyo on Tuesday stated that tobacco use in any form, including passive smoking, has negative effects on health.
Theyo was speaking on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day organised by District Tobacco Control Cell (DTCC) Kohima at Paramedical Training Institute (PMTI), Kohima.
She said that curbing tobacco use will not only prevent fatal chronic diseases like cancer but also help the world inch closer to sustainable development goals (SDGs).
She also highlighted this year’s theme “Poisoning our planet”, and added that it calls out policy makers to make tobacco producers (industries) accountable for environmental damage due to tobacco product waste.
Meanwhile, Keneikiinu Zhotso, winner of essay writing competition from Loyola Higher Secondary School, Jakhama spoke on the theme “Tobacco- threat to our environment.”
Dr. Arenla Walling, District Nodal Officer for National Tobacco Control Programme, led the tobacco-free declaration of 10 dental clinics in Kohima and prize distribution of essay and poster making competitions.
The 10 tobacco- free dental clinics are City Dental Clinic, Kohima Dental Centre, Pru Dental Clinic, Tooth Craft Dental Clinic, Pristine Dental Clinic, Emerald Dental Clinic, Ivory Dental Clinic, Clover Dental Clinic, Vizo Dental Clinic and Dental House.
Primary Health Centre (PHC), Jakhama was also declared as the first tobacco-free PHC in Kohima.
In the essay writing competition, Keneikiinu Zhotso of Loyola Higher Secondary School, Jakhama won the first position; Nouneno Rino from Don Bosco HSS Zubza won the second position and Jandeno Jami from Fernwood School won the third position.
In poster making competition, Thejaser Krose of Trinity School won the first position while Besuvelu Tinyi of G Rio School stood second and Ashibo Longkumer of Mount Sinai Higher Secondary School got the third position.
The programme was chaired by Dr. Rosy Yhome, Senior Dental Surgeon, Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima (NHAK) while vote of thanks was proposed by Pelebeinuo, psychologist, DTCC Kohima.