Workshop-cum-training for KVYO volunteers on harmful effects of tobacco and COTPA 2003 held

KOHIMA, Aug 20: A Workshop-cum-Training for Kohima Village Youth Organisation (KVYO) Volunteers on Harmful effects of tobacco and COTPA 2003 was held at Panchayat Hall, Kohima Village on 19th August 2016. The programme was organized by KVYO in collaboration with the District Tobacco Control Cell, Kohima.

Deputy Commissioner Kohima, Rovilatuo Mor IAS in his speech said that many of our Naga people are in the habit of tobacco usage in terms of smokeless and smoking tobacco products, which has harmful effects for our society. He, therefore urged every individual to maintain self control on the issue and sensitized the harmful effect of tobacco in respective areas for the benefit and betterment of our society. The recent declaration of Kohima city as Smokeless City was to enforce prohibition of smoking in public places, he said. He urged all the stakeholders to join hands in such tobacco control activities for better health and environment of our society. He also commented on the KVYO for being one of the strongest organizations in the district and further sought their assistance and support while implementing the COTPA Act 2003 with the Enforcement Officer in the district. He also stressed on the requirement of appropriate approaches and dealings to implement the Act while enforcing the COTPA Act 2003. The DC expressed hope that with all the responsible stakeholders working together, the Act would be implemented successfully in the district.

Chief Judicial Magistrate and Secretary Kohima District (KDLSA), Mezivolu T. Therieh as a resource person spoke on the topic “The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act 2003 (COTPA)”. She highlighted on the roles and responsibilities of the authorized officers to collect fines, State Government to lay down detail guidelines for ensuring accountability for the amount collected as fine and channelizing of funds collected through fine. She also highlighted on the roles and responsibilities of KVYO Volunteers and other stakeholders while carrying out the Act in the district.

Additional Director & State Nodal Officer (NOHP), Department of H&FW, Dr. Nisietsolie Savino also spoke on the topic “Harmful Effects of Tobacco” as resource person. He said that tobacco is now the world’s leading single cause of death as per the World Health Statistics, 2008 report where global deaths per year was 5 millions. He also stressed on the three ways of Tobacco effects, which included health, economy and environment.

General Secretary of KVYO, Kezhalelie Keretsu chaired the programme who also gave the KVYO stands to the DTCC, stating that there are around 20 Schools and Colleges located in Kohima Village, which the KVYO felt the need to create awareness on the “harmful effects of tobacco”. The KVYO also expressed its happiness on the activities being carried out by the DTCC and further assured to remain as the strongest supporters of DTCC in its activities in the days to come.

The Nodal Officer DTCC Kohima, H&FW, Dr. Arenla Walling proposed the vote of thanks. The Deputy Commissioner also distributed the certificate of participation by the National Tobacco Control Programme DTCC, Kohima during the training programme.

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