Dimapur, October 9 (MExN): An advocacy programme on the role of the churches to bring down the prevalence of tobacco use in the society was held at United College of Theology and Mission (UCTM) on October 6.
During the programme, Dr C Tetseo, DNO NTCP emphasised the crucial role the churches, irrespective of denomination, could play in creating awareness and in helping the people who want to quit tobacco. He lamented that the church is yet to fully recognise the problems posed by tobacco products. Tobacco, he said, is a bigger threat than alcohol as it affects the children and the youth.
“The Church always takes proactive role in Prohibition but turning a blind eye to the menace of tobacco is not helping the matter. Tobacco habits lead to health problems, economic problems, social problems and spiritual problem,” Tetseo said, adding that it can also lead to alcoholism and drug addiction.
He challenged theological students to recognise this problem as the church’s platforms like Sunday school, CYE etc offer unique opportunities for creating awareness.