Gariphema Village hailed as Best Performing Tobacco-free Village

Gariphema Village hailed as best performing tobacco-free village

In a momentous celebration held at TM Government Higher Secondary School, Kohima, Gariphema Village of Kohima District was honoured with the title of Best Performing Tobacco-Free Village on World No Tobacco Day 2024. The event, organised by the District Tobacco Control Cell, brought together distinguished guests and enthusiastic participants to raise awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco use.

Dr. K. Nishena Nekha, Additional Director of Higher Education, graced the occasion as the Special Guest, emphasising the perils of tobacco consumption and the significance of tobacco-free initiatives. She encouraged students to develop healthy habits from a young age and stay informed by reading newspapers and magazines.

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The event also featured an insightful speech by Dr. Thungbeni Ngullie, Senior Resident BDS, MDS at Nagaland Institute of Medical Science & Research, who spoke on the theme “Protecting Children from Tobacco Industry Interference.” Dr. Ngullie highlighted the severe health consequences of tobacco use, including an increased risk of cancer, heart diseases, and respiratory illnesses. She stressed that tobacco consumption, in any form, can lead to chronic conditions and even painful death, while also shedding light on the equally detrimental effects of passive smoking.

As part of the commemoration of World No Tobacco Day 2024, an essay writing competition was held, with Neha Devi from Class 9, GHS, Forest Colony, securing the first position. Khriezobeinuo Chatsu from Class 10, Dr. N Kire GHS, and Savelii Ringa from Class 10, TM GHSS, claimed the second and third positions, respectively.

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Gariphema Village’s recognition as the Best Performing Tobacco-Free Village is a testament to the community’s united efforts in promoting a healthier lifestyle and safeguarding its residents from the detrimental effects of tobacco. This achievement serves as an inspiring example for other villages and communities to emulate in the battle against tobacco use.

World No Tobacco Day, observed annually on May 31, continues to play a vital role in raising awareness about the tobacco epidemic and its devastating impact on public health. Through events like the one held in Kohima, the message of a tobacco-free world is reinforced, empowering individuals to make informed choices and prioritise their well-being.

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As Gariphema Village celebrates its well-deserved recognition, it stands as a beacon of hope, inspiring others to embrace a tobacco-free lifestyle and create a healthier future for generations to come. The village’s success story serves as a powerful reminder that collective efforts and dedication can lead to significant positive changes in the fight against tobacco use.

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