Directing for strict enforcement of Tobacco Control Laws particularly near Hospitals and Educational institutions and initiate appropriate penal action against the defaulters under rules Deputy Commissioner (DC), Srinagar Mohammad Aijaz Asad said that Tehsil wise Enforcement Squads will be constituted to monitor the unlawful sale of cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (OTPs) in Srinagar and curb the menace.
Ban on sale of Cigarettes, OTPs near Educational institutions, Hospitals to be enforced strictly, Asad said at a meeting of District Level Coordination Committee under National Tobacco Control Programme to review the implementation of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Act (COPTA) at DC Office here.
During the meeting chaired by him, the DC laid stress on the need of awareness generation among the masses regarding the harmful effects of using Tobacco products. The meeting also discussed threadbare the measures to be taken to curb the menace of smoking.
The DC asked the members of the Committee to work in close coordination so that Tobacco Control laws are implemented effectively on ground across Srinagar.
The DC directed the Chief Education Officer and all College Principals to identify the shops within the 100 yards radius of their respective Educational Institutions indulging in unlawful sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products and submit the details of the same for further legal action against the violators.
He said that instances of violation are being reported from the various quarters which have been viewed seriously by the authorities.