Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Tuesday kicked off ‘World No Tobacco Month’ and simultaneously launched ‘Tobacco Free Sports’ campaign across the State at a function held at the Banquet Hall of Chief Minister’s office in Aizawl.
Addressing the gathering, Lal Thanhawla, while stressing the importance of maintaining a healthy life, said that one of the main roadblocks to success for Mizo sports persons was ‘lack of concern for good health’.
The Chief Minister in his speech lauded the organizers for making constructive efforts towards preventive healthcare by organizing ‘Tobacco Free Sports’ campaign and exuded confidence that the campaign will bring commendable results towards changing the Mizo society and reducing the rate of tobacco consumption in the State.
He also urged sports persons to set an example for others in maintaining a healthy life and stick to their career with giving utmost care to their health.
Indian Society on Tobacco & Health, Mizoram president Lal Riliani said that tobacco and other substances are ‘gateway substance’ to drugs and liquor abuse.
While stating that the combat against tobacco is being more intensified in developed countries, Lal Riliani said that the Mizo people have to have concerns about the health hazards of tobacco and maintain tobacco free life.
Dr. Jane R. Ralte, State Nodal Officer, National Tobacco Control Programme, Mizoram also spoke on the occasion.
The event was jointly organized by Mizoram State Olympic Association, Indian Society on Tobacco & Health, Mizoram Chapter in association with Mizoram State Tobacco Control Society.