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Tobacco Free Education Program Launched in Darrang District, Assam, on Gandhi Jayanti
Posted on October 3, 2019
by Mayukh Goswami
Mangaldai: As befits the celebration of 150e anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, the Darrang District Tobacco Control Unit, under the leadership of the District Health Society, launched the Tobacco Free Educational Institution (ToFEI) program in accordance with the instructions of the Ministry of Health and Indian Government Family Welfare. In this regard, an outreach discussion and community engagement administration ceremony was held at Mangaldai Maharshi Vidya Mandir, a private university-level educational institution located in Gerimari here. Handing over the key notes the keynote in the discussion Dr Nirmal Kumar Beriya, nodal manager, district tobacco control unit, explaining the harmful effects of tobacco on children and young people, he said: “Five thousand five hundred children are starting to smoking every day in india out of the twenty six crore seventy lakh tobacco users in our country, nearly twenty nine percent are adults just over fifteen years of age. More importantly, ninety percent of people start to smoke in their teens, usually between the ages of 15 and 20. . Giving alarming statistical data on cancer causing tobacco, Dr Beriya said, “Thirteen lakh fifty thousand people die each year from tobacco related diseases. Fifty percent of all cancers and ninety percent of oral cancer cases are caused by tobacco. “,” The country has to bear a cost of rupees a lakh four thousand five hundred crore in health care due to tobacco use which is more than six times the income from tobacco products amounting to ten- seven thousand rupees, ”he shared, discussing its negative impact on the country’s overall economy.
The speaker also highlighted smokeless tobacco and smokeless tobacco, passive smoking and the various penal provisions provided for by the COTPA-2003 anti-tobacco law, in particular the prohibition of its use within a radius of one hundred meters from anything. educational institution. The session moderated by the principal of the institution Pradip Sarmah also witnessed the administration of community engagement on “No Tabacco” led by Hemanta Payeng, the vice-principal of the institution. Before the seminar, a profound tribute was paid to Mahatma Gandhi by lighting a lamp in front of his portrait.