Aizawl: More than 20 per cent of Mizosmokers have kicked the habit in the past one decade, raisinghopes among social activists that Mizoram will shake off theignominy of being the highest tobacco consumer. A survey conducted by the Mizoram State Tobacco ControlSociety has found that more and more smokers are of latekicking the butt.
With funding from US-based Bloomberg Initiatives, theMizoram State Tobacco Control Society, has embarked upon themission of making Mizoram a smoker-free state. "As of now, we have many miles to go to achieve ourmission. But, the development so far is positive," said LalRiliani, president of Indian Society for Tobacco and Health(Mizoram Chapter) and wife of the state chief minister LalThanhawla says. Another survey conducted by the National Family HealthSurvey has found that about 77 per cent of the population usetobacco in one form or the other. Although women in Mizoram understand the ill effects oftobacco, a staggering 60 per cent of them consume it invarious forms making them the most cancer-prone in thecountry. While the national average of women smokers is 2.5 percent, more than 22 per cent Mizo women smoked tobacco. PTI
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