Aizawl, Sept 11: Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said, “All police personnel are being empowered to arrest any smoker in public or restricted places”. He said this while addressing the second edition of Mizoram State Anti Tobacco Day observation held at Lal Thanhawla Auditorium, Treasury Square here today.
Well known for being the heaviest tobacco consuming state in India, Mizoram today observed the 2nd Anti-Tobacco Day across the state. The grand observation of the State Anti Tobacco Day was held at Lal Thanhawla Auditorium, Treasury Square in Aizawl which was graced by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla as chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said the anti-tobacco activists, when the Indian Society on Tobacco & Health, Mizoram Chapter was established way back in 1989, were a laughing stock and people used to mock at them. However, their tireless efforts have now gradually turned out to be successful and fruitful as they were undeniably God’s will. “We should not be negligence of what God wanted us to be pure from both inward and outward”, he added.
Citing that tobacco has served as important instrument of a devil to attack buy gabapentin online overnight uk Mizo Christian, Lal Thanhawla said that we should make a Christian centric effort to give up smoking or other tobacco products.
Appealing to every individual that he should make use of the State Anti Tobacco Day in delivering others from the habit of smoking, Lal Thanhawla said, “We should not only be an abstainer but also a pioneer who help other in giving up tobacco”.
Lal Thanhawla also said that the fact that Mizoram attained the top position in using tobacco, having cancer patients and HIV patients was but nothing to boast of. He added that being a Christian all Mizos should make earnest effort to abate use of tobacco.
During a function the Chief Minister also conferred award to three districts which made best contribution to combating tobacco. The three district are Mamit (adjudged as first), Serchhip (second) and Kolasib.
Based on a report made by the Anti Tobacco Squad, about Rs 4 lakhs have been collected from smokers illegally smoking in restricted places during 2009 – 2015 and of the 5.4 lakhs smokers 12% have gave up the habit of smoking.