Nagaland’s capital Kohima is now on its way to Provide a Healthier and Greener Future to the Generations. The city was declared smoke-free by Deputy Commissioner Rovilatuo Mor on April 29th.
A Campaign was organised by school children from 22 educational institutes, the students held a rally at Old MLA Hostel Junction, where they held up handmade placards that gave out the message bold and clear: ‘Show your care by making a difference’, ‘Burn calories not cigarette’, ‘Consume your ego not tobacco’, ‘Tobacco companies kill their best customers’ and more.
In 2014, Gariphema village in Kohima was the first to be completely free of tobacco use. From now on, the entire city will be free of smoking and tobacco chewing.
Many states and cities in India have been trying to reduce the consumption of tobacco. In 2007, Chandigarh was declared the first smoke-free city of India. After this, Kottayam in Kerala and Shimla followed suit. In 2010, Sikkim was declared the first smoke-free state in India, and in 2014 Himachal Pradesh became the second.