CEO Sgr asks for monthly reports on smoking

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SRINAGAR: Chief Education Officer (CEO), Srinagar has asked all his subordinate officers to submit monthly reports on action taken against COTPA violators in and around educational Institutions in the district.

 “All Principals and Headmasters are advised to submit a monthly report to the CEO Srinagar office for follow up so that the sale and use of tobacco is curtailed around educational Institutions,” the order issued here said.

The Principals, ZEO’s and Headmasters shall also ensure that compliances under Section 6 (a), (b) of COTPA Act 2003 is ensured and all the educational Institutions are certified as ‘tobacco free institutions’, the order said.

 Pertinently, as per Section 6 of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 (COTPA), there is a ban on the sale of tobacco to and by minors and prohibition on sale of tobacco products within 100 yards of educational institutions.

Under Section 6 (b) of COTPA, the sale of tobacco products is prohibited in an area within a radius of 100 yards of any educational institutions and mandatory signage in this regard should be displayed prominently near the main gate and on the boundary wall of the school institute.

 “It is heartening to see that office of the Chief Education Officer Srinagar has come forward to protect the health of children by supporting COTPA enforcement at the ground level,” said Afzal Makhdomi, J&K Consultant for Tobacco Control, Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI). 

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