Aizawl (ZoramObserver.com): Mizoram today joined the world community in observing World No Tobacco Day with a theme ‘Tobacco-a threat to development’. In Aizawl, the World No Tobacco Day was observed under the aegis of Information & Public Relations (I&PR) department at the department’s conference hall.
Speaking on the occasion I& PR director Lalnithangi, who chaired the programme while saying that consumption of tobacco has severely affected human life, urged tobacco users to abstain from it. She also urged non-tobacco users not to test any kind of tobacco products.
Lalnithangi also said that the central government has taken massive effort in giving awareness to the people about Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 (COTPA). She also urged the people to abstain from tobacco and abide by COTPA.
World No Tobacco Day was also observed in different parts of state like in Mamit, Champhai Serchip, Lawngtlai and Lunglei, official sources said.
The member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 is observed every year on May 31. In the past twenty nine years, the day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance around the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.
The campaign aims to demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to sustainable development, including the health and economic well-being of citizens in all countries. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe.
The day is further intended to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to nearly 6 million deaths each year worldwide, including 600,000 of which are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.
It has been estimated that tobacco kills more than seven million people every year and costs households and governments over 1.4 trillion dollar through health care expenditure and lost productivity.
By 2030, 80 per cent of death in developing countries would be caused by tobacco consumption, according to experts.
With Inputs from AIR