Tobacco use dips in Mizoram

Altogether 58.7 per cent of Mizoram's population use# various types of tobacco products, registering the second highest tobacco-consuming state in the country after Tripura, Mizoram state nodal officer of the National Tobacco Control Programme said quoting the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) report.

By Henry L. Khojol in Aizawl
  • Published 12.09.18
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GOING UP IN SMOKE

Aizawl: Altogether 58.7 per cent of Mizoram's population use# various types of tobacco products, registering the second highest tobacco-consuming state in the country after Tripura, Mizoram state nodal officer of the National Tobacco Control Programme said quoting the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) report.

However, the rate of tobacco consumption in the state is declining gradually because of the efforts made by the government and the Indian Society on Tobacco and Health (ISTH), Mizoram chapter.

According to the GATS, during 2009-2010 about 67.2 per cent of the people in Mizoram used various types of tobacco, which was reduced to 58.7 per cent in 2016-17.

The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) Northeast India 2016-2017 report also said 84 per cent of the smokers smoked indoor (inside house), while 44 per cent smoked in public places.

The fifth edition of Mizoram state Anti-Tobacco Day was observed on Tuesday in different parts of the state with a theme " Inchhung leh lirthei chhunga meizuk loh" (No smoking inside the house and vehicles).

Organised jointly by the Indian Society on Tobacco and Health (ISTHM), Mizoram and National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP), Mizoram, the grand observance was held at Aijal Club Conference Hall here, which was graced by transport minister John Rotluangliana, who was the chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Rotluangliana expressed happiness for the rapid decline in tobacco consumption rate in the state, which he attributed to the efforts of the state government and the NGOs.

He said the people of Mizoram should also be aware of the bad effects of tobacco and its related products like people in developing countries.

Indian Society on Tobacco and Health, Mizoram (ISTHM) president Lal Riliani, who spoke on the occasion, also emphasised on the awareness about the ill effects of tobacco consumption and second-hand smoking.

It was highlighted on the occasion that the Smoke-Free Mizoram campaign was launched in the state in 2009 after the Mizoram State Tobacco Control Society (MSTCS) was established on April 1 in the same year.

Thereafter, Anti Tobacco Squad was constituted on February 10, 2010 and Anti-Tobacco Cell was established at both the state and district levels in 2011.

Blue Ribbon Campaign was launched in 2012 and in September 2013 a state-level coordination committee headed by chief minister Lal Thanhawla was constituted to combat tobacco consumption in the state.

In 2013, Thingsul Tlangnuam, a medium-sized village, located in Thingsulthliah block of Aizawl district, was declared the first tobacco-free village in the state.

Mizoram State Anti-Tobacco Day is observed since 2014.