Anti-Tobacco squad, headed by Shabir Ahmed Lone, Food Safety Officer, Srinagar caught 10 persons including Government officials, smoking in public and recovered a fine of Rs 1900 from them on Monday. The squad comprised of Owais Ahmed, Health Educator with CMO Srinagar, Police personnel and Volunteers from J&K Voluntary Health Association. The squad inspected various areas, including National Institute of Technology (NIT), University of Kashmir, Chest Diseases Hospital. Two employees of University, one employee of NIT and CD Hospital were amongst the offenders.
Hon’ble Judges, Justice GS Singhvi and Justice GS Mishra stayed the interim order of Hon’ble Mumbai High Court, against the implementation of Point of Sale Rules under COTPA in the year 2005, which paved the way for implementation of ban on Advertisement of Tobacco products at Point of Sale. SLP had been filed by Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) SLP in Hon’ble Supreme Court. In compliance to the orders of Hon’ble Supreme Court and the ban imposed by government on advertisement against tobacco products especially at Point of Sale, the anti-tobacco squad removed over 200 advertisement boards, in Srinagar city.