Salesian College of Higher Education (SCHE), Dimapur organized an Anti Tobacco Awareness on August 12. Dr. C Tetseo, BDS PGD (HP) District Oral Health Officer & Nodal Officer National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) Dimapur, and Medongunuo Pienyii, Social Worker (NTCP) were the resource persons.
In his power point presentation, Tetseo said that tobacco is the only legally available consumer product which kills people when it is used entirely as intended. He pointed out that due to tobacco consumption, one million people die every year in India and added Nagaland has the second highest prevalence rate of tobacco use in the country. Some tobacco products contain nicotine and carcinogens which in turn cause: cancer, blood pressure, diabetes, dental and oral diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, buerger disease, osteoporosis, and birth defects. In his take home message, Tetseo exhorted to stay away from tobacco so as to live long life, be free from its related diseases and live a better dignified human life.
After the short interaction, Dr. Fr. Policarp Xalxo, Principal of SCHE, thanked the resource persons, and exhorted all the students to sensitize the people about the harmful effects of the use of tobacco. At the end of the session, 250 students and faculty of SCHE took a pledge to say ‘No’ to tobacco products and say ‘Yes’ to good health and healthy habits. In view of making tobacco free campus, hoardings were put up and anti-tobacco committee was formed.