Chief Secretary Dr. S.S. Under the chairmanship of Sandhu, the meeting of the State Level Coordination Committee under the National Tobacco Control Program was held at the Secretariat on Tuesday. During the meeting, the Chief Secretary said that everyone will have to make efforts to stop the tendency of tobacco consumption among children. Continuous efforts should be made to keep children away from the harmful effects of tobacco consumption by making them aware of the harmful effects of tobacco consumption. They ensured compliance with The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 (COTPA).
The Chief Secretary directed that police stations, collectorates and hospital premises should be declared tobacco free, setting an example for all. He directed to implement it at the earliest. He said that an online program should be prepared for those who want to quit tobacco use. School students should be made aware of the harmful and harmful consequences of smoking and tobacco through video clips. The Chief Secretary also directed the officers to conduct a study in which information could be obtained about which age group tobacco is more prevalent in the state. Along with this, it is more widespread in urban or rural and mountainous or plain areas.
On this occasion Additional Secretary Sonika, Director General Medical Health and Family Welfare Dr. Tripti Bahuguna and senior officers of Police and Education Department were present.