Aizawl, Jan 17: As many as 5811 people have been arrested and fined over Rs 27 lakh for violation of COTPA during 2008 to 2015, Mizoram State Tobacco Control Society official said Friday. Mizoram State Tobacco Control Society on last Saturday invited its staff at I & PR Conference Hall over a cup of tea during which the entire staff made self dedication to their services. Hospital and Medical Education, Director Dr. Lalbiakkima who graced the function lauded the MSTCS and said large section of Mizo people have truly aware of the bad effects of tobacco and it is the duty of every Mizos to teach about its bad consequences in the entire society as tobacco consumption affects not only our health but also our economy. Speaking on the occasion MSTCS, State Nodal Officer Dr. Jane R.Ralte said proposal has been made to conduct Global Adult Tobacco Survey from June this year and selling of cigarette in loose stick is strictly prohibited now.
She added that MSTCS will give emphasis on giving awareness to students and the general public about the bad effect of tobacco.
Indian Society on Tobacco & Health, Mizoram Chapter President Lal Riliani said that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently declared tobacco as one kind of drug and asked the cooperation of churches in combating tobacco in Mizoram.
Mizoram tops tobacco consumption in India, with 67.2 percent of its population consuming/smoking various tobacco products according to recent report of Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS).
The total percentage of male tobacco users in Mizoram is 73.6 percent against a national average of 32.1 per cent and the percentage of female tobacco users is 16.1. The Survey report also stated about 62 per cent non-smokers in Mizoram were exposed to passive smoking and 3,137 people had had died of cancer in five years the cause of which was largely attributed to tobacco consumption.