The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) Flying Squad led by its Team Leader, O/C Wokha Police Station, including representatives from National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP), DBs, personnel from P/S Wokha and Women Police Station conducted raid/enforcement drive in and around educational institutions on 31st August 2022.
As per COTPA Act, selling of any kind of tobacco products within 100 metres of school area is restricted. The team after conducting the raid, penalized 3 (three) defaulters and seized tobacco products from the shops falling within the restricted areas. The defaulters were warned that, should they fail to abide by the COTPA Act, necessary legal action shall be initiated as per the provisions of the law.
The seized tobacco products were destroyed on the same day in the presence of all the team members at the Wokha Police Station premises.
As per the report of the Monitoring Survey of Cancer Risk Factors and Health System Response in Northeast Region for Nagaland, cancer is among the top 5 leading causes of death in Nagaland. Further, adding that amongst men tobacco-related cancer is highest at 39.3% and 11.5% for women.