Number of tobacco users in Tawang decreasing: DPO

TAWANG, Nov 11: Tawang District Tobacco Control Cell (DTCC) DPO Dr Sangey Thinlay said the number of tobacco users in the district has been decreasing “due to the continuous joint efforts of the administration, the DTCC, NGOs, and others.”
Addressing a meeting of the district level coordination committee of the National Tobacco Control Programme, which was chaired by DC (in-charge) Lobsang Tsering here on Monday, Dr Thinlay also spoke about “the ill-effects of tobacco and its impact on the socioeconomic and religious life of the individual.”
“There is a village called Lhunpo, under Zemithang circle, where not a single individual uses tobacco since last many years, and we need to publicize such exemplary village,” the DPO added.
The DC (in-charge) suggested conducting more awareness camps in villages and “increasing the frequency of sensitization programmes.” He also requested the HoDs concerned, who were present, to “work more sincerely in all ways to make the society better.”
Suggestions such as sensitizing the taxi drivers, carrying out frequent raids under the COTPA, declaration of no-smoking zones, etc, were offered by the participants. (DIPRO)