In JK, Govt Making Schools Tobacco-Free



Jammu and Kashmir government Tuesday said it would make all educational institutions in the state tobacco-free.

The decision in this regard was taken after a delegation of Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI)—an anti-tobacco advocacy body called on education minister Naeem Akthar.

“The minister assured all the action,” VHAI said in a statement. “With state’s support, we will be issuing relevant orders to make educational institutions tobacco free.”

VHAI said that state government has assured to issue fresh orders to implement Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) strictly in the state.

“Education Minister assured that all officials will be directed to implement COTPA act seriously and ensure that a follow-up mechanism is put in place to ensure strict adherence to the Act,” the statement said.

Notably, there is already a ban of sale of tobacco products within 100 yards radius of any educational institutions in state.

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