Smoking in public: Police books 50 persons

Pattan: In a bid to nail smokers from smoking at public places and in government offices, anti-smoking team constituted by Pattan police booked at least 50 persons including government employees and recovered a fine of Rs 10,000 from the offenders.

Pattan police said that an anti-smoking police team raided Block Development, Tehsil and other Government offices and caught employees smoking in their chambers. The team also caught few civilians smoking at public places and initiated action against them under law. 

The team booked at least 50 persons and recovered a fine of Rs 10,000 from them. A police official said that drive against the smokers would continue in the town. 

Sensitization programme

Voluntary Health Association in collaboration with Voluntary Health Association of India, and District Administration Baramulla on Wednesday, organized a sensitization programme of community members, civil Society Volunteers, ASHAs, ANMs, NCC, NYKs, Civil Defence volunteers, PRI members, Imams, Students and Transporters at Government Degree College, Boys, Baramulla here today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of State for Science and Technology Mr Feroz Ahmad Khan said that smoking in public places is prohibited under law and stressed on the need to educate masses in general and youth in particular about the ill effects of smoking. He laid emphasis on developing tobacco free culture in society with special focus on school going children. He also appreciated the initiative of the voluntary Health Association for their efforts on tobacco control in Srinagar, Budgam, Pulwama and Baramulla districts.

On the occasion, experts gave valuable insights about tobacco and its ill effects. Dr. Ab Majeed, Assistant Professor, Communicable Diseases SKIMS and Shabir Ahmad Lone, Food Safety Officer, Srinagar highlighted various health related issues associated with smoking and also detailed various provisions of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA, 2003), through a power point presentation.

Among other Ex Director, JKVHDA A. M. Mir, Additional Dy Commissioner, Baramulla Sukriti  Jain, Programme Officer, A. K. Wani, Sr. programme Manager and Students of various Institutes were also present.

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