Move To Curb Tobacco Use

Considering the health-risk and harmful effects of tobacco products, State Government  has asked for strict implementation of the Anti-tobacco laws in the State.

Chairing the State Level Tobacco Control Committee at Lokseva Bhavan here today, the Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy also urged the Police and Excise department to cooperate in this law enforcement process.
Mr.Tripathy also suggested for constitution of a Working Group under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary (Home) for implementation of the Anti-tobacco laws at field level. This committee has been empowered to take appropriate measures after regular review of the work, he added.
Emphasizing on making all educational institutions, tourist sites and places of worship in the State tobacco-free; ban on sale of tobacco products within 100-metre radius of educational institutes; and issuing separate licence to traders dealing with tobacco and non-tobacco products, the Chief Secretary urged the concerned authorities to strictly implement the Anti-tobacco laws.
Participating in the meeting, State Health & Family Welfare Department Secretary Dr. Pramod Kumar Meherda deliberated on Anti-tobacco laws in the State and its enforcement.
As the use of non-smoking tobacco is more than smoking in Odisha, and 88 percent people in the State use these products, the meeting planned a multi-purpose coordinated guideline to control this menace.
Among others, DGP BK Sharma, Principal Secretary Law. Shashikant Mishra, National Health Mission Director Shalini Pandit, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhury and senior officials of State Government and agencies participated in the deliberation.

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