KOHIMA: Chedema Model Village was formally declared as “Tobacco Free Village” by Dr Hotokhu Chishi, State Nodal Officer (NTCP) and Additional Director, Department of Health and Family Welfare at the Village Panchayat Hall, Kohima on Thursday. The village, established in the year 1969-70 with fifteen households, has come up with a decision to ban sale of any tobacco products in the village since 1972 considering the harmful effects of tobacco. ADC Kohima, Lithrongla Tongpi Rutsa in her short speech congratulated the village for upholding its decision for decades and achieving the title. She encouraged them to continue their system of unity and determination in future and to set an example to others. “A model village has a big responsibility to think and to act carefully in many ways” said Rutsa and requested them to be pro-active in creating awareness of the ill-effects of tobacco. She also hoped that with such unity and determination, it will not be long for the village to be declared as the cleanest village or plastic free village in future, states a DIPR release.
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