Thursday, March 30, 2023

CAN, District Tobacco Control Cell (DTCC) organise anti-tobacco awareness programme

CAN Youth in collaboration with District Tobacco Control Cell (DTCC) under National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) organised anti-tobacco awareness programme on May 25 at River Belt School, Nagarjan.
In a press release, CAN Youth informed that resource person, psychologist, NTCP, Dimapur, Imkumla talked about the types of tobacco and the harmful chemicals in tobacco products. She said that cigarette contains 7000 chemicals and smokeless tobacco (gutka) contains 3095 chemicals, many of which are known carcinogens and how smokeless tobacco was dangerous but its ill effects often ignored.
Imkumla said today every 6 seconds someone dies from tobacco use and that about 7% who die of tobacco in years are of most productive age group from 30 – 39 years and 8 million people die globally in a year.
She also said that pregnant women who smoke will have three-fold increased risk of stillbirth and low birth and weight baby.
Imkumla shared on the Global Adult Tobacco Survey North East India of GATS 2010 which shows that Nagaland is the second highest tobacco consuming state with 56.8 % and has reduced to 43.3% in 2016 GATS report.

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