School students chalk out action plan against tobacco; Sources
In a welcome step towards fighting tobacco use, students from several schools came together here to chalk out an action plan towards making their schools tobacco-free zone, according to sources here today.
They also initiated a plan to be model schools in this aspect.
The sources said the deliberations on tobacco control programme for these students were made possible by the Kohima District Tobacco Cell and Kekhrie Foundation which earlier briefed the students on the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of advertisement and regulation of trade and commerce, production, supply and distribution) Act COTPA, 2003.
After the deliberations the students came out with slogans like 'Stop Tobacco, Save your life' and 'Choose life, not Tobacco'.
In another step, the students said they would urge shopkeepers in and around their schools to stop selling tobacco products by citing COTPA Section 6 (b) that states that 'sale of tobacco products is prohibited in an area within radius of 100 yards of any educational institution'.
They also recommended the need for organizing tobacco awareness programme in their own respective schools with the help of school heads and teachers and also to take every opportunity to share information about tobacco and its ill-effects as well as set up strict rules and regulations against the use of tobacco in school.